Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has selected Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technologies (MPACT) junior, Steven Cooper, as the student recipient of the January Go Build Alabama Student of the Month scholarship award.
Set to graduate in 2018, Cooper has worked diligently to earn professional credentials in the electrical technology field. He has completed two levels of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and is currently working through the industrial maintenance NCCER curriculum.
“Steven comes to class every day with a great attitude and prepared to lead,” said Richard Robinson, teacher at MPACT. “His enthusiasm is infectious to other students. There is no doubt he will be successful.”
Upon graduation Steven plans on attending Trenholm State technical college.
“I love that the construction industry allows me to develop my creative thinking skills with hands-on experience while also making an impact in my community,” Cooper said.
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.