Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has selected South Baldwin Center for Technology senior, Trace Johnson, as the student recipient of the December Go Build Alabama Student of the Month scholarship award.
Set to graduate in 2017, Johnson takes carpentry and construction courses at South Baldwin Center for Technology in Robertsdale. In addition to studying the skilled trades, he is active outside the classroom as an academic scholar and is a member of National Technical Honor Society.
“Trace is not only an excellent student member of the National Technical Honor Society, but he’s already earned core professional credentials from the National Center for Construction Education and Research,” said Chris Rogers, carpentry instructor at Bryant Career Technical Center. “We are so excited about the future contributions we are confident he will bring to the field.”
Trace will also be competing in the Skills USA District competition and plans on continuing technical training upon graduation.
“Planning and building has given me hands on experience I truly enjoy,” said Johnson. “I’m looking forward to continuing to earn credentials while exploring all the career options within the construction industry.”
The Student of the Month scholarship is given to one high school junior or senior every month during 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, Johnson and all other recipients will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue his or her 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 monthly 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.