Education

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


ALLU and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) — a trade union that represents heavy equipment operators, mechanics, surveyors and stationary engineers in the United States and Canada — announced a new cooperation and partnership in pipeline training.

The AED Foundation (AEDF) has developed a plan to stimulate growth in the industry and address the technician shortage, titled Vision 2024. Goals of this plan include: 100 Accredited College Programs 50 Recognized High School Programs 10,000 Skilled Technicians Entering the Workforce 500 Certified Managers 10,000 Tests Administered 5,000 Certified Technicians Vision 2024 is a call to action for high school students and established industry technicians alike to develop skills through AEDF recognized programs and certifications.

Infotech, a leader in infrastructure construction software solutions, recently entered a partnership with the University of Florida's M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management in Gainesville to advance the transportation construction industry.

The AED Foundation (AEDF) announced the recognition of the Heavy Equipment Technology Program at Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) located in Charlotte, Mich. "We are pleased that Eaton RESA has chosen to demonstrate its commitment to academic excellence and continuous improvement through the process of recognition," said Jason Blake, AED Foundation executive vice president and COO.

A national association has developed the transportation construction industry's most comprehensive safety training course to help dramatically reduce the 700 motorist fatalities and nearly 50,000 injuries that occur annually in and around the nation's infrastructure improvement project sites.

Missouri State University, Colorado State University and Boise State University were recognized as the nation's most outstanding student construction chapters of 2019, the Associated General Contractors of America announced. The student chapters were honored in three categories: Emerging Student Chapter Award; Community Service Award; and Construction Management Skills Award.

The original April 1, 2020 deadline has been extended to May 15, 2020 for submitting a scholarship application to the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation (OLCF). The five-page application must be completed and returned to the OLCF office in Eugene, Ore.

Jeremy Whitaker taught construction trades education for seven years at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Cobb County, Ga., before he was hired by C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. last June to promote the construction industry in elementary and high schools as a means to secure much-needed workers for an industry that is experiencing a labor shortage.

On April 28, Mack Trucks launched free 90-day access to eLearning courses for high school and secondary technical education students interested in becoming a diesel technician, but who cannot attend in-person hands-on training because of the COVID-19 situation.

The AGC Education and Research Foundation has recognized Missouri University of Science and Technology Professor William Eric (Eric) Showalter with its Outstanding Educator Award, given annually to an educator who makes a significant mark in the field of construction education, and recognized Clemson University Student Corban Williams as the James L.

Cemen Tech has announced its training webinar seriesfor April 2020. Available at no cost, Cemen Tech's webinars cover a variety of important topics related to the volumetric concrete industry. The ongoing webinar series is hosted by Cemen Tech volumetric concrete experts, and often features contractors, aggregate product manufacturers, equipment finance professionals and other guest speakers.


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