At the December board of trustees meeting of the Construction Industry Advancement Program of New Jersey (CIAP of NJ), the trustees elected a new slate of officers to direct its expanded activities for 2002.
Philip Schifano, of Schifano Construction, has been elected chairman. Schifano assumed leadership of the statewide, non-profit trusteeship on Jan. 1 succeeding Alfonso Daloisio
Other officers elected include: Michael V. Manno, of Newark Asphalt Company, who will serve as vice chairman, and Donald R. Waters Sr., of Waters and Bugbee Inc., who will serve as secretary/treasurer.
In addition to the election of officers, seminars were scheduled for 2002 including:
• Rutgers Asphalt Paving Conference on March 11 and 12;
• Second Construction Industry Career Day on March 15 and 16; and
• 2002 Work Zone Safety Conference, numerous Traffic Control Coordinator courses, as well as a major seminar on Working with the NJDOT - 2002 on March 26.
CIAP also is funding a wide spectrum of projects to benefit the industry and the general public with the improvement of New Jersey’s infrastructure as a priority. Typical of the array of CIAP contributions are significant financial support to The Road Improvement Program (TRIP), The New Jersey Alliance for Action Foundation, and the new Public Information and Education Program.
The CIAP will continue its scholarship programs to encourage careers in the construction industry.
The Edward O. Davis Memorial Student Summer Employment Scholarship Program provides scholarships and summer employment opportunities with a construction contractor.
These tuition scholarships will be awarded to civil engineering or construction technology students commencing their junior or senior year in a baccalaureate program, who are employed during the summer in the construction industry.
The CIAP Education Committee is making up to 10 additional awards of tuition stipends of $1,000, named for Franklyn Grosso a founding trustee of CIAP.
Students who are not selected for the Edward O. Davis program but who are employed with New Jersey construction contractors for a minimum of 12 weeks are eligible for this award. These stipends are in addition to any salary paid by employers.
In 1986, a program was established providing scholarships for students in Civil/Construction Engineering Technology at the Associate Degree level.
In 2001, the Gus Anselmi scholarships were awarded to second year students at the participating County/Community Colleges. CIAP has increased the available scholarships to a maximum of 17 for eligible students nominated by their respective colleges.
As part of its recruitment activities, the CIAP of NJ will continue to interact with the educational community to provide opportunities and information regarding career choices. The association is the managing vehicle in a recruitment effort to attract high school students into the trades. This program, NJ Pathways, is a multi-year program funded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
CIAP will sponsor the second annual Construction Industry Career Day to be held at Brookdale Community College. This event will provide more than 1,000 students, parents, and guidance counselors contact with all the trade organizations,
CIAP also is working with the Northern NJ Iron Workers to have courses which are part of its apprentice program accepted at Union County Community College as part of the college’s Construction Technology program.
In addition, the Gloucester County Community College has joined with CIAP in planning a summer construction camp. Eighth graders will be exposed to the construction industry at the camp.
And, as in the past, CIAP is providing funds to the Civil Engineering program at Rowan University to support its senior project. This year the students are examining the constructability issue and identifying the most common problems contractors face in transforming a design into an actual project.
For more information, visit www.ciapofnj.com.
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