Reeltown High School Senior Wins Go Build Alabama’s Future Skilled Workers of America Award for September
ACRI commends Hunter Waites for his commitment to the construction industry
Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), awarded Reeltown High School Senior, Hunter Waites, with the Go Build Alabama Future Skilled Workers of America (FSWA) Award for September 2015.
Described by those around him as an excellent student with big ambitions, Waites possesses a high degree of maturity for someone his age. While at Reeltown, he has capitalized on the opportunity to advance his skills as a welder, and is enrolled in the dual enrollment program with the Edward Bell Career Technical Center in Camp Hill. Following high school, Waites plans to attend Southern Union State Community College where he will continue his education and training in the trade.
“I enjoy welding,” said Waites. “There’s something uniquely special about working with my hands to create something honest and useful. It’s what I want to do.”
In receiving the award, Waites became the first student named as the FSWA Student of the Month in the 2015 – 2016 school year. The award also makes him eligible for a $1,000 scholarship to continue his education and training as a skilled tradesman after graduating high school.
Through the FSWA Student of the Month program, Go Build Alabama is able to recognize outstanding high school students throughout the state who demonstrate an interest and aptitude in the skilled trades. The award and scholarship were created to recognize outstanding achievements, while encouraging high schoolers to pursue careers in the construction trades. 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. Nominations are accepted throughout the year. To be eligible, students must be juniors or seniors with a demonstrated interest in construction careers. They must also either be enrolled in, or have been enrolled in, technical courses related to the skilled labor industry, and have plans to continue their training in the construction trades upon graduation. Click HERE to download a nomination form.
ACRI launched Go Build in August of 2010 to address the issue of worker shortage in the construction trades. One third of all skilled tradesmen in the construction industry are over the age of 50, and with retirement on the horizon, training programs are not producing the number of young workers needed to replace the number retiring. Go Build Alabama aims to recruit the next generation of skilled trade workers in Alabama.