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Mary G. Montgomery High School Senior Named Go Build Alabama Student of the Month

April 09, 2019

Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has selected James Kelly, a senior at Mary G. Montgomery High School, as the recipient of the 2019 Go Build Alabama April Student of the Month scholarship award.

Kelly is also enrolled at TL Faulkner Career Technical College in Mobile.

“In one semester, he’s received an American Welding Society certificate in Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Flux Cored Arc Welding, has had perfect attendance, and he has also been nominated as secretary with SkillsUSA,” said Tim DeVargas, the TL Faulkner CTC Welding Instructor who nominated Kelly for the scholarship.

Kelly said he is interested in welding because it is challenging and rewarding. Upon graduation, he would like to further his education in welding for a lasting career.

“There is good money in it and there is always something new—I really enjoy it,” said Kelly. “When I graduate, I would like to maybe become a welding instructor or own a small fabrication shop.”

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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