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Elmore County Technical Center Senior Named Go Build Alabama Student of the Month

April 18, 2018

Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has selected Elmore County Technology senior Preston Bethea as the recipient of the April Go Build Alabama Student of the Month scholarship award.

Bethea is president of Skills USA and has taken electrical engineering classes for the past three years. 

“Preston is an outstanding student and goes above and beyond,” said Emilie Johnson, Preston’s career tech counselor. “He was a Student of the Year Nominee in 2016 and Student of the Month for February 2018.”

After graduation, Bethea plans to attend Auburn University at Montgomery for his core curriculum and then transfer to Auburn University.

“I want to study either electrical engineering or building science at Auburn,” said Preston. “I like working with my hands and building things.”

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.

About Go Build Alabama

ACRI launched the Go Build Alabama campaign in August of 2010 in an 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.

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