Tabb, a Junior at Selma High School has been named Student of the Month at a time when there are a lot of exciting opportunities opening up for students in the Selma area in the high school system and WCCS. In addition to studying agriculture construction and industrial maintenance in the classroom, Tabb is active outside the classroom as a wrestler and member of the football team.
“Rontterious is a bright young man who has big plans for himself,” said George Pullom, AgScience teacher at Selma High School. “He is a dedicated, dependable and trustworthy student who pays attention to what’s going on around him, and works hard to constantly do his best. It’s exciting that he is selected as the student of the month at the time when Go Build Alabama’s Follow the Flag campaign is helping raise awareness of the real talent that exists right here in Selma.”
After graduating high school, Tabb plans to attend university or a trade school where he will be able to further his skills and develop a career where he can work with his hands.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands, and am enjoying exploring the career opportunities that exist in the construction trades,” said Tabb. “Selma is a great place to serve as a launching pad for my career, and I feel my training at Selma High School will help me take advantage of the opportunities that may exist through an apprenticeship, or continued education at WCCS, university or other trade school.”
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.