ACRI commends Dw’Juane Chaverst for his commitment to the construction industry
Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), named Pinson Valley High School senior Dw’Juane Chaverst as Go Build Alabama’s Future Skilled Workers of America (F.S.W.A.) Student of the Month Award for January 2016.
“Dw’Juane is a star student in the Industrial Maintenance program, and a leader amongst his peers,” said Lensey King, Industrial Maintenance Instructor at Pinson Valley. “Over the past semester I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing his drive and dedication as he’s pushed the envelope on himself in a constant effort to succeed.”
Chaverst stays busy practicing his craft outside the classroom, with extra curricular activities that include welding, carpentry and mechanical work.
“Working with my hands comes natural to me,” said Chaverst. “I’ve always enjoyed designing and building things at home and at work, and it’s exciting to know that there are rewarding careers for people like me who choose to master a skilled trade.”
The F.S.W.A. Student of the Month is an honor bestowed upon one high school junior or senior by the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute 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 center 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.