Alabama Construction News

JAN-MAR 2018

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35 JAN-MAR 2018 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS RICHARD MCMANNIS A lot can change in a year. That has been the case for Richard McMannis, who went from unsure about his future before his senior year of high school and then was awarded a spot at the Academy of Craft Training (ACT). Now, after graduating from Homewood High School and the ACT in 2017, he is a full-time employee at Brasfield & Gorrie. McMannis made the decision to apply for a spot at the ACT because he didn't see college in his future. "I really had no plan after high school," McMannis said. "As soon as I heard about the Academy, I knew it was a good choice for me." McMannis not only made the decision to apply at the ACT, but he impressed ACT leadership with his eagerness. "Richard was the only student to show up from Homewood High School, and I distinctly remember he was there an hour early for his interviews," said Vice President of ABC of Alabama Todd Walker. "That spoke volumes as to how committed he was and how much he wanted it." He ended up receiving a coveted spot at the ACT, and he focused on building construction. Through the ACT, McMannis ended up with another opportunity: he got to intern as a laborer at Brasfield & Gorrie during the summer break. In those few short weeks he realized that he wanted to stay on with the company. Upon graduation in May 2017, he was given the opportunity to go back to Brasfield & Gorrie full time. "Richard has been doing very well," said Max Rowe, his superintendent. "He has already worked his way up from a laborer into our field engineer group. That's a lot in a very short time. At this point, the sky is the limit for him." McMannis hopes to one day become a field engineer at Brasfield & Gorrie, and that's a goal he attributes greatly to his time at the ACT. "The Academy of Craft Training was instrumental in helping me find a job that interests me and prepare me for the job," McMannis said. "I have found where I want to be, and that's the construction industry. I appreciate everyone at the ACT for helping me achieve what I have so far." GRADUATE SPOTLIGHT The Academy of Craft Training was instrumental in helping me find a job that interests me and prepare me for the job. I have found where I want to be, and that's the construction industry. I appreciate everyone at the ACT for helping me achieve what I have so far." – Richard McMannis

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