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Meet November’s FSWA Student of the Month: DaShawn Leonard

November 23, 2015

Childersburg Junior Named Go Build Alabama’s November FSWA Student of the Month
ACRI commends DaShawn Leonard for his commitment to the construction industry


Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), named DaShawn Leonard of Childersburg High School as Go Build Alabama’s Future Skilled Workers of America (FSWA) Student of the Month Award for November, 2015.

“Growing up I used to draw strength and inspiration from a picture I have of my dad welding,” said Leonard. “It’s meant a lot to me, so I’ve held onto it. I suppose I’ve been intrigued by the field my entire life.”

DaShawn Leonard, a Junior at Childersberg High School.
DaShawn Leonard, a Junior at Childersberg High School.

Leonard, a student athlete, signed up for dual enrollment while in the 10th grade. He is currently a junior and has earned 12 hours of college credit through the Central Alabama Community College. In addition to being a star on both the football and baseball fields, Leonard maintains a B-average in his core curriculum courses, and a 4.0 GPA in welding. By the time he graduates, Leonard will have accumulated 36 hours of welding credit and possess a welding certificate.

“DaShawn is a stand out athlete who has competed at some of the region’s highest levels, but he’s also an incredibly intelligent young man who shines as a young welder and skilled tradesman,” said Talladega County Schools Career Tech Director Kim Knight. “Whether he knows it or not, there’s a support base in this community of people who believe he has the skills to accomplish great things both on and off the field.”

The FSWA Student of the Month Award is an honor bestowed upon one high school junior or senior every month during the school year. It was created to encourage students to consider pursuing careers in the construction industry, a field that offers a wide variety of rewarding career paths. Each student selected for the award becomes eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to a higher education training program in Alabama. Scholarship are made possible thanks to proceeds from the Big Dog Poker Run, an annual benefit motorcycle ride organized 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 pursuing a career in construction. They must also be enrolled in, or have been enrolled in, technical courses related to the skilled trades, or have plans to continue their education in the construction industry after graduating high school. Visit www.GoBuildAlabama.com to download a nomination form.

About 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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