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Tuscaloosa student named Go Build Alabama Student of the Month

October 27, 2016

ACRI commends Kyondre Garrett for his commitment to the skilled trades

Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has selected Tuscaloosa student Kyondre Garrett to receive the Go Build Alabama Student of the Month scholarship for October 2016. Garrett is a senior at Central High School and takes dual enrollment courses with Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy (TCTA).

Kyondre Garrett_October Student of the Month
Kyondre Garrett, named Go Build Alabama’s Student of the Month and scholarship recipient for October 2016.

“Kyondre is one of those students who everybody can get behind and support,” said Matt Freeman, welding instructor at TCTA. “As a teacher, it’s amazing for me to know that I have so many exceptional students in my class, and Kyondre is always there to encourage, support and lead his peers. At the same time, I know he is very committed to his family, and he works hard outside the classroom giving back to the community. He’s grown a lot as a person since entering my classroom, and I’ve been blessed to be there and witness it.”

In addition to taking normal courses at Central, Garrett has received 12 college credits through dual enrollment with TCTA. He is also active outside the classroom, as he works with Habitat for Humanity building houses for families in need and volunteering his time with a number of other community focused charities. After graduation, Garrett plans to attend Shelton State Community College where he will continue his training and education in welding.   

“I would love to own my own business one day,” said Garrett. “For me, the purpose of life isn’t about just making a lot of money, it’s about doing good work, being good to your family, and helping those around you. The great news is that welders can make a great living, and there is always a need for people who have mastered a skill. So, this career is a perfect opportunity for me to combine my skills and interests to help make the world a better place.”   

The Student of the Month scholarship is 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, Garrett will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue his education at an Alabama institution of higher education. 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 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.

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