Alabama Construction News

JUL-SEP 2017

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CONSTRUCTION A L A B A M A N E W S 6 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS JUL-SEP 2017 6 Publisher JAY REED Associate Publisher/ Managing Editor TODD WALKER Publishing Coordinator/Circulation CHARLES HALL Accounting JENNY WILSON Advertising Sales GEORGE PIERCE Writer PAIGE TOWNLEY Print Production ALLIANCE PUBLISHING GROUP Art Direction KRISTEN BAILEY ALABAMA CONSTRUCTION NEWS is published by Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. Copyright © 2017 ABC -Alabama All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Address all correspondence to: ALABAMA CONSTRUCTION NEWS 1830 28th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35209 For advertising information: contact GEORGE PIERCE at 205.870.9768 X100 or email For editorial information: contact PAIGE TOWNLEY at 205.616.6824 or email LETTER FROM THE INDUSTRY IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THE FIRST YEAR OF THE ACADEMY OF CRAFT TRAINING (ACT) IS IN THE BOOKS. In April of 2016, ACT was merely a concept being discussed in a meeting in Montgomery between state officials and industry leaders. This concept came to be a reality through the efforts of the Alabama State Board of Education, AIDT, and Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama. Within a four-month period, ACT was established with 92 students enrolled from 14 local high schools. It is rare to see the public and private sectors work together to achieve a common goal so quickly. The initial goals were simply to educate high school students in specific construction crafts and to increase the workforce in a practical way. The first year was a huge success as 90% of our graduating seniors were placed for employment with ABC member contractors. The 2017/2018 school year appears to be even more promising. Currently there are 197 students enrolled in the ACT from 24 local high schools. Each student will focus on one of the following trades: welding, electrical, HVAC, masonry, and general construction. ACT continues to use NCCER as the base curriculum for craft training. ACT's Advisory Council will provide guidance to the instructors for specific skills needed for practical training in the current marketplace. In addition to the craft training, important "soft skills" such as working in a simulated workplace environment, safety training, communication, and working as a team will be emphasized. These "soft skills" are extremely important in ensuring a smooth transition into the workforce. As business leaders in the growing construction industry, we know that workforce development is of the utmost importance. Simply put, the Academy of Craft Training is workforce development. The success of this program will be based on the success of the students graduating from this program. As an industry, we need to support them in their education and provide opportunities for employment when their time at ACT is complete. Please consider supporting ACT this year by doing one or more of the following: • Take a tour of the Academy of Craft Training • Consider mentoring a group of students • Donate equipment and/or materials to be used in the workshops • Volunteer as a guest speaker or instructor • Host a field trip • Employ the students on a "part-time basis" during school breaks • Participate in the hiring process for graduating students This a very exciting movement in workforce development, not only here in Birmingham but statewide. We look forward to working with you in developing future opportunities for these hardworking students. Regards, JOHN WINDLE | Ard Contracting, Inc. FOLLOW ALONG John Windle, Ard Contracting, Inc.

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