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Williamson High School Senior becomes first Gulf Coast student selected as Go Build Alabama’s Student of the Month for 2015-2016

February 19, 2016

Prichard, Ala. – Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), is pleased to select Alexis Coale of Prichard as the Future Skilled Worker of America (F.S.W.A.) Student of the Month for February, 2016.

Coale is a senior at Willamson High School. In addition to her regular coursework, she has been enrolled in the welding program at T.L. Faulkner Career Technical Center. It is there where she attracted the attention of welding instructor Tim DeVargas, and was nominated for the Go Build award and scholarship.Alexis Coale

“Alexis is an excellent student who has excelled in her craft,” said Tim DeVargas, Welding Instructor at Faulkner Career Tech Center. “With the way our industry has grown along the Gulf Coast in the past several years, she will be well positioned to take advantage of an exciting job market. In the meantime, she has big plans to put her skills to the test and compete in this year’s SkillsUSA District Competition.”

Coale holds a number of certifications from the American Welding Society (AWS), including: SMAW 3F, 4F, 3G, FCAW 3F, and FCAW 3G. She is the first student from the Gulf Coast to receive this award in the 2015-2016 school year.

“I’ve worked hard my whole life,” said Coale. “I was initially attracted to welding because it was something different from what everyone else was doing. However, I’ve come to enjoy the trade, and am looking forward to attending a trade school or college for welding after graduation.”   

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.

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