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Robertsdale High School Student Wins Go Build Alabama’s Future Skilled Workers of America Award for November

November 19, 2014

ACRI commends Adam Sanders for his commitment to the construction industry

photoMontgomery, Ala. – November 19, 2014 – Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), awarded Adam Sanders with the Go Build Alabama Future Skilled Workers of America (FSWA) Award for the month of November.

Adam Sanders, a senior at Robertsdale High School, is currently enrolled in carpentry classes at the South Baldwin Center for Technology and is a member of Alabama SkillsUSA. Sanders received first place in the SkillsUSA district competition and third place in the SkillsUSA state competition. After high school, Sanders would like to attend college and hopes to play football.

“Adam is an exceptional student and a member of the National Technical Honor Society, Skills USA, Go Build Alabama and the Robertsdale High School Football and Tennis team,” said John Leiser, Adam’s teacher. “He is highly skilled in the construction trades and was recently able to use his carpentry skills to work with Habitat for Humanity.”

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.

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.

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 About ACRI and Go Build Alabama

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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