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Muscle Shoals Career Academy Senior named Go Build Alabama’s Student of the Month for March

March 24, 2016

ACRI commends Jarod Davis for his commitment to the construction industry.

Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), is pleased to announce that Jarod Davis has been selected as the Future Skilled Worker of America (FSWA) Student of the Month for March 2016.

March Student of the Month from Muscle Shoals.
Jarod Davis, March Student of the Month from Muscle Shoals.

Davis, a senior at Muscle Shoals Career Academy has long been recognized by those around him as a skilled young welder. In addition to studying welding in the classroom, Davis has worked in the industry for the past several years, picking up on the job training at Navistar, and improving his skills.

“Jarod is a talented and personable young man who has taken what he’s learned in the classroom and kicked open doors in order to further hone his skills in the professional workplace,” said Joel C. Retherford, Welding Instructor at Muscle Shoals Career Academy. “He’s also a pleasure to have in the classroom. Over the past couple years I’ve had the pleasure of watching Jarod develop his skills, while going out of his way to ensure that other students around him are able to also grow in the field.”

Davis is interested in attending college after graduation, perfecting his craft, and working in the construction industry. While in school, he has been an active member of SkillsUSA, earning numerous awards and recognitions, including: receiving 1st place recognition for Community Service (2013); competing in the Job Interview category (2015); and, placing 4th in the District Welding competition earlier this year. 

“Construction has been my passion, and I like getting my hands dirty,” said Davis. “For me, it’s more of a hobby than actual work. There are a lot of opportunities available in the field, so I look forward to pursuing further training in college before building the career of my choice.”   

Muscle Shoals Career Academy welding instructor Joel Retherford (left), and Jarod Davis (right)
Muscle Shoals Career Academy welding instructor Joel Retherford (left), and Jarod Davis (right)

The FSWA Student of the Month is an honor bestowed upon one high school junior or senior every month of the school year by the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute. It is designed to support students who pursue careers in the construction industry, a field that offers a wide-variety of rewarding career paths. Upon graduation, each student of the month becomes eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue his or her training and education at an institution of higher education in Alabama. Scholarships are made possible through proceeds from the Big Dog Poker Run, an annual motorcycle benefit 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. Visit GoBuildAlabama.com for more.

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