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Wed December 14, 2005 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide has named the 2005 winners of its three $1,000 student scholarships supporting construction-focused higher education. provides students, teachers, counselors and parents with Internet-based resources highlighting the opportunities in and benefits of careers in the construction industry.

The workforce development initiative is the joint effort of three construction industry trade associations, the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation (AEDF), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

The 2005 scholarship winners are:

• Adam Albright, of Carlisle, PA. Albright will apply his $1,000 scholarship to his education at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA, where he studies heavy construction equipment technology.

• Ethel Chan, of Lawrenceville, NJ. Chan received $1,000 to apply to her studies at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, where she is working toward her bachelor of science degree in construction engineering technology.

• Drew Thelen, of Twin Lakes, WI, a 2005 graduate of Wilmont High School, Wilmont, WI. Thelen received $1,000 to help fund his construction management studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI.

“Our 2005 scholarship recipients demonstrated a sincere and determined interest to succeed in their education. We’re happy to help them get a head start,” said AEDF Education Program Manager Pat Novak.

The scholarship program is open to students and construction industry professionals.

The program’s scholarships support the post-secondary education of students or the purchase of tools and equipment for those who are entering or working in the industry, improving their ability to learn and perform in the workplace. judging is based on the applicants’ essays, school transcripts and personal references. A scholarship committee of representatives from’s three sponsoring organizations chooses the winners.

“All of our scholarship winners display great talent and potential. We’re sure they’ll become leaders in our industry and their communities,” said AEM Marketing Manager Nicole Hallada.

Web Site Promotes Industry to Students, Parents, Teachers, Counselors

The goal of the Web site is to position the construction industry as a rewarding career choice. It focuses on the three major segments of the construction industry: manufacturing, distributing and constructing.

The Web site provides an overview of career descriptions and construction terms, as well as detailed information on construction career choices available to students and the training or education required. The Web site also presents information on additional industry scholarships.

Students, teachers, counselors and parents can search more than 1,600 construction career education programs at more than 400 institutions in North America, and access links to the school Web sites. A separate industry links area of the Web site provides a list of trade unions and professional associations that can be used to research apprenticeship and other career-building programs.

The Web site also offers a database of companies willing to provide field trips, speaking engagements and student internships to enrich teacher lesson plans and student learning with real-world experience.

“We designed the Web site to be the place to go to find a career that is personally and financially rewarding,” said AGC Director of Career Development Donna Franza.

2006 Scholarship Applications Available Online

The Web site now has applications and information on its 2006 scholarships available online. The application deadline for 2006 scholarships is Feb. 3, 2006.

For more information, call AEDF at 630/574-0650, AEM at 414/298-4129, or AGC at 703/837-5387.

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