Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has selected Pisgah High School senior Brianna Conner as the recipient of the December Go Build Alabama Student of the Month scholarship award.
Conner currently serves as the president of Skills USA at Earnest Pruett Center of Technology, is the afternoon tech secretary at Pisgah High School, and also makes time to participate in track. Set to graduate May 2018, Conner plans to take her focus in heavy equipment operation and carpentry to new heights by earning her certification.
“In my many years of teaching, I have never taught a student as interested in construction as Brianna,” said Bettina Goins, a teacher at Pisgah High School. “Her persistence in the area of study is extraordinary, and she is one of a growing number of females with an interest in a male-dominated field.”
Conner takes on many freelance construction projects for people in her community in addition to volunteering locally.
“From the age of six when I assisted my grandfather in the construction of my first treehouse, I have enjoyed the hands-on experience carpentry provides,” said Conner. “That same thrill of hands-on experience continues to drive my interest today.”
Go Build Alabama’s Student of the Month scholarship is given to one high school junior or senior every month during the school year by the ACRI. 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, recipients will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their training 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 our monthly Go Build Alabama Student of the Month 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.