Montgomery, Ala. – Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), is pleased to award Rachel Jenkins with the Go Build Alabama Future Skilled Workers of America (FSWA) Award for the month of March, 2015.
Jenkins is a senior at New Brockton High School, where she is currently enrolled in advanced classes. After gradating in the spring, Jenkins plans to pursue a career in welding at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. She will begin classes there in the fall.
“Rachel is an exceptional student who has always exhibited a tremendous capacity to learn new and challenging skills,” said Mandi McPhaul, a Career Coach at New Brockton High School. “She will excel in her field, and I’m honored to be a part of this recognition process, as Rachel is a wonderful role model for other young women who are interested in, or considering a career in the construction trades.”
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 who is recognized becomes eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to a training facility in Alabama if the student chooses to stay instate and continue his or her education in the skilled trades. The scholarship is made possible through ACRI and the Big Dog Poker Run, an annual spring employee motorcycle ride sponsored by CraneWorks and Garrison Steel.
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 with a 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 high school. Visit www.GoBuildAlabama.com to learn more and download a nomination form.
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.