Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has selected Morgan McCann, a junior at Huntsville High School, as the recipient of the 2019 Go Build Alabama September Student of the Month scholarship award.
“During her three years in the Building Science program here in Huntsville City Schools, Morgan has consistently and overly displayed great leadership skills, work ethic, and a desire to learn,” said Robert Slack, Huntsville City Schools Building Science instructor. “Morgan is respected and looked to for advice by her peers.”
Go Build Alabama’s Student of the Month scholarship is given to high school juniors and seniors throughout the school year. It is designed to support students who pursue careers in the construction industry, a field that offers a wide variety of rewarding career paths.
McCann would like to pursue a career in construction following graduation with the federal government. “An office job is not a place I picture myself, and a career in construction allows me to go beyond the confinement of an office and complete real, hands-on work,” she said.
McCann is also involved in various organizations outside of her Building Science courses at HHS including Green Club, Creative Writing Club and TED-Ed Club.
Upon graduation, she will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue her training at an Alabama institution of higher education.
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.
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.