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Mary G. Montgomery High School Student Wins Go Build Alabama’s Future Skilled Workers of America Award for September

October 03, 2014

ACRI commends Ashley Sullivan for her commitment to the construction industry

 Montgomery, Ala. – September 29, 2014 – Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), awarded Ashley Sullivan with the Go Build Alabama Future Skilled Workers of America (FSWA) Award for the month of September.

AshleySullivan_September 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. Each student that wins the award is eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to a training facility in Alabama if the student chooses to continue his or her education in the skilled trades in the state. The scholarship is made possible by ACRI and the Big Dog Poker Run, an employee motorcycle ride sponsored by CraneWorks and Garrison Steel held each spring.

Ashley Sullivan, a senior at Mary G. Montgomery High School, began taking welding classes at T.L. Faulkner Career Tech Center last spring. While this is just her second semester studying welding, she has already completed the NCCER core qualifications, and is currently working on her AWS 3F and 4F certifications. In addition, Ashley is enrolled in Welding Dual Enrollment through Bishop State Community College in Mobile.

“I have really enjoyed my welding classes so far,” Sullivan said. “I’d like to go to a community college after I graduate from high school, and while I don’t know if welding will be my final career choice, I like knowing that I will always have this skill set. Welding is something I can do while I decide what I’d like to pursue, and if there comes a time when the job market is tough, I’ll always be able to weld.”

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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