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Follow the Flag: Join Go Build’s Tour of some of the state’s greatest Career Technical Programs

April 05, 2016

On Tuesday, April 5th Go Build Alabama will join Dr. Tom Sisk with the Limestone County Department of Education to announce the launch of the “Follow the Flag” campaign.

Starting at the Limestone County Career Technical Center, Go Build will embark on an eight-week tour of the state’s career and technical centers to raise awareness of the rewarding opportunities available in the skilled trades.

With the growth of Alabama’s economy, the construction industry faces a worker shortage, and Go Build Alabama aims to fly its flag in recognition of these opportunities. 

gb-logo“Workforce Development and economic development go hand in hand,” says Jason Phelps, Executive Director for the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute. “As our state’s economy continues to grow, it’s important that our young people are prepared to take advantage of the rewarding and immediate opportunities available in the skilled trades. Our state’s career and technical education leaders are helping lead this charge, and industry has doubled down to help encourage investment in skilled trades training.”

Construction Career Fact:
For every 4 workers who retire from Alabama’s construction industry, only one new worker enters.    

So, follow along and be sure to tag our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages if the flag is in your town:

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Athens – Limestone County Career Technical Center
April 5 – April 10

Gadsden – Gadsden State Community College
April 11 – April 17 

Birmingham – at the BJCC for SkillsUSA
April 18 – April 24

Tuscaloosa – Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Center
April 25 – May1

Selma – Wallace Community College
May 2 – May 8

Montgomery – MPACT
May 9 – May 15

Dothan – Wallace Community College
May 16 – May 22

Mobile – Barton Academy
May 23 – May 29

At each stop along its journey, the Go Build Flag will highlight the construction career opportunities available to students in the respective market. Working with local officials, organizers will also outline the importance of career technical education at the secondary and post-secondary levels, and highlight student achievements in order to promote the value of increased investment in career technical education throughout the state.