Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), awarded Kyle Henry with the Go Build Alabama Future Skilled Workers of America (FSWA) Award for the month of February.
The FSWA Award, which honors one high school junior or senior each month, was created to recognize and encourage high school students who plan to pursue careers in the construction industry. This year, each student that wins the award will receive a $1,000 scholarship to a training facility in Alabama that will allow the student to further his or her education in construction. The scholarship is made possible by ACRI and the Big Dog Poker Run, an employee motorcycle ride sponsored by CraneWorks and Garrison Steel this past spring. All money collected in the registration fee for riders went to the Go Build Alabama scholarship fund for the student of the month award.
Henry is a junior at Wetumpka High School, and he studies electrical technology at the Elmore County Technical Center. He is a member of SkillsUSA and has been working in construction part-time for the past three years. Harris says that he enjoys electrical technology because it allows him to improve an existing project.
Teachers, principals and other school personnel are encouraged to nominate students for the Go Build Alabama Future Skilled Workers of America Award. To be eligible, students must be high school juniors or seniors who have demonstrated interest in construction careers. They must also be enrolled in or have been enrolled in technical courses related to the skilled labor industry, and have plans to continue their education in the construction industry upon graduating from high school. Visit www.gobuildalabama.com to download a nomination form.
ACRI launched the Go Build campaign in August of 2010 in effort to prepare for the anticipated shortage as older tradesmen leave the workforce. One third of all skilled tradesmen in the construction industry are over the age of 50. With their retirement on the horizon, training programs are not producing enough young workers to replace those exiting the industry. The Go Build campaign aims to recruit the next generation of skilled construction trade workers.
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