Alabama Construction News

JAN-MAR 2018

Alabama Construction News is the states only bimonthly magazine dedicated to the commercial construction industry.

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37 JAN-MAR 2018 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS O N FEBRUARY 14, GOVERNOR KAY IVEY AND BIRMINGHAM MAYOR RANDALL WOODFIN JOINED ABC OF ALABAMA FOR A MEMBERSHIP BREAKFAST AND TOUR OF THE ACADEMY OF CRAFT TRAINING. Attendees got to see the success the Academy of Craft Training during the tour. The Academy is currently in it's second year and is already interviewing and establishing its third class for the school year 2018-2019. Thus far, Academy leaders have interviews more than 250 students for spots in the next enrollment class. More than 40 companies have interviews these prospective students as well and scored them in order to ensure the Academy is maintaining quality students that will be successful in the construction industry. Student and parent interest in the Academy is so great that more than 300 people attended an open house that was held prior to interviews on February 9. One of the 24 local high schools, Spain Park High School, has seen its interest increase from the first year with just eight students, to 14 students this year and already have 27 applicants interviewing for spots in the upcoming third year. "The first year, the Academy graduated 34 students and all of them went to work, and some of them had multiple offers," said ABC of Alabama's 2018 Chairman of the Board Allen Harris. "This year, it looks like we'll graduate nearly 70 students, and they will all receive job offers and hopefully go to work. It's simple, but we are training them and putting them into the workforce. We need these people. The Academy is still a work in progress, but we're doing all we can to create opportunities for students." T O U R S T R A I N I N G

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