Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has selected Jonathan Thompson, a senior at Citronelle High School, as the recipient of the 2018 Go Build Alabama November Student of the Month scholarship award.
Thompson plans to attend a trade school upon graduation and has a concentrated interest in welding, manufacturing and safety.
“I am drawn to skilled trades because I often think about the health and safety of others and how much better companies would be if workers were properly trained with safety procedures,” said Thompson. “I hope to make a difference one day as a Safety Supervisor or Safety Director.”
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.
Thompson’s instructor, Keith Locke, nominated him because of his drive to always come to class prepared and give 100 percent effort every day.
“I nominated Jonathan because of his friendly attitude, his punctuality and his drive in the classroom,” Locke said. “I hope this scholarship will encourage him to press on in his studies.”
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.