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

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.

Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana (BCA) announced the winners of the 2020 Presidential Merit Scholarship and Michael H. Kinder Jr. Memorial Scholarship. These programs were created to recognize significant accomplishments and reward worthy students in furthering their education in construction-related college degree programs.

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.

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