The future of the construction industry depends on strong, engaging education programs that get younger generations interested in construction and technical careers.

Georgia Utility Contractors Association Inc. (GUCA) hosted the inaugural GUCA Work Ready Program Graduation in collaboration with Connecting Henry Inc. at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Sept. 24, 2020. GUCA's Work Ready Program is a 10-week training program that includes 150 hours of classroom and worksite training that trains students in the safety and intrinsic parts of the underground utility construction industry.

Since the AED Foundation (AEDF) launched its Vision 2024 campaign, AEDF has put forth efforts to encourage members to utilize the self-study courses that the Foundation has on hand. These efforts are made to educate industry professionals and meet the Vision 2024 goal of 500 certified managers.

The Associated General Contractors of America's Supervisory Training Program (STP) is a construction-specific training curriculum developed, updated and field-tested by and for contractors. Supervisory skill — or the lack of it — directly affects every company's bottom line.

Nationally known JE Dunn Construction is progressing on a new 8,797-sq.-ft. classroom building and accessory barn structure that will expand the veterinary sciences program at Richard O. Jacobson Technical High School in Seminole, Fla. The learning center will consist of two veterinarian classrooms, a laboratory with a dog wash, a science classroom, group restrooms and interior spaces for rabbits, cats and dogs.

Mack Trucks recently hosted a virtual deep-dive session about the all new Mack MD Series of medium-duty trucks for more than 300 people, who represented more than 200 different municipalities and companies, as well as their Mack dealers. The event highlighted key features of the MD Series exterior, such as sharp wheel cut for maneuverability and industry-best bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) measurement, as well as interior features, including a standard air-ride driver's seat and an ergonomically designed dash.

The AED Foundation (AEDF) is committed to accrediting 100 college programs by 2024, working consistently with schools to provide this highly respected distinction. This is one component of the Foundation's Vision 2024 goal, which aims to reduce the workforce shortage by building a strong pipeline of qualified technicians entering the equipment industry.

For several years, construction companies of all sizes have been faced with a pronounced shortage of people looking to work in the building trade, including folks to operate heavy machinery. In many cases, job seekers are unaware of the salaries and benefits construction careers can provide them — if they possess the necessary skills.

Alabama Associated General Contractors, Alabama AGC, is helping pave the way for the construction industry's future. In 2019, Alabama AGC held a significant role in launching the Hoover city school system's Skills Trade Academy at the Riverchase Career Connection Center (RC3), a program designed to advance youth education and fill worker shortages in the construction industry.

Associated General Contractors of Minnesota has awarded seven scholarships totaling $13,500 for the 2020-2021 school year to Minnesota students pursuing degrees in the construction industry. The AGC of Minnesota Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides scholarship aid to students who have a career interest in construction, and to related organizations that support the Minnesota construction industry.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has put many of the nation's activities and events on hold, The AED Foundation (AEDF) perseveres as it continues to meet its Vision 2024 goals. Through the pandemic, AEDF has adapted to continue to fit the needs of students and schools across the country to help students graduate from AEDF's recognized high school programs.

Layton Construction recently announced the winners at the 33rd annual Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition and Construction Management Conference. The Utah-based company awarded first place in the Region 6, Mixed-Use category to BYU.

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