Educators, Industry and Students Engaged in Construction Careers
By participating in the ABC/CMEF Schools Training Division, you are unlocking the door to great potential in a robust industry. The Construction Industry needs to attract new workers annually to keep up with the current employment demand. One of the goals of the Schools Training Division is to provide students with the opportunity to explore the many facets of the Construction Industry and the career opportunities available. A second goal is to give CTE teachers resources and new connections to current happenings in the Industry, providing them with opportunities to meet Industry leaders, and become aware of the numerous job opportunities for their students. A third goal of the program is to encourage industry participation from the very companies who will seek to fill construction positions.
Construction Careers Youth Committee
The Construction Careers Youth Committee (CCYC) was formed in 2006 as a joint effort between Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF) and Houston Business Roundtable (HBR). The mission of the Construction Careers Youth Committee is to promote and support Construction Industry workforce education at public schools.
Accredited Training and Education Facilities are partnered with ABC of Greater Houston and its educational affiliate Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation. Utilizing the NCCER Curriculum Modules, high school students in 24 school districts have the opportunity to be offered NCCER accredited craft training. Through these select Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes, students get a head start on their craft training, which usually begins in college. Students at participating high school campuses are being made aware of and recruited into the Construction Industry!
EVENTS SUPPORTED BY THE CONSTRUCTION CAREERS YOUTH COMMITTEE
Construction Careers Exposition
The Construction Careers Exposition provides a supportive environment for high school students to be introduced to basic craft skills and to explore opportunities in the construction industry. It is a one-of-a-kind event supported by industry which encompasses numerous hands-on activities and events in a safe environment. The event shares the value of safety and the industry’s commitment to safety, builds awareness of available training, assists students in making informed career and technical education choices, and builds positive relationships with high school districts, instructors, and students while opening the doors for on-going mentoring and engagement at the high school level.
Career Development Events
CCYC members have the opportunity to volunteer to attend high school career development events such as Course Elective Fairs, Career Fairs, College Night, and Guest Speaker Presentations. Volunteers distribute literature that represents the Construction Industry, their respective company literature, giveaways, and/or speak to students about their career and educational goals that are relative to the industry.
CCYC members have the opportunity to volunteer to serve on high school Career and Technology (CTE) Education Advisory Committees. Advisory committees typically meet two to three times per academic year to assist educators in developing, maintaining, and evaluating workforce education programs and courses. To strengthen that process and provide input that encourages CTE programs to be designed to meet workforce employment needs, high schools need the advice of local area business and industry professionals to guide them. A premiere way to assist with such advice is by volunteering to serve on an advisory committee.
To participate in the Construction Careers Youth Committee (CCYC) or if you are a high school that wants more information on how to become a sponsored Accredited Training and Education Facility, contact Steven Horton, Ed.D, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, 25 area Independent School Districts (ISD) are partnered with ABC/CMEF. Utilizing the NCCER Curriculum Modules, the following high schools are delivering or working to deliver NCCER accredited craft training. Students who attend these schools get a head start on their craft training, which typically begins in college. With 59 sponsored high schools, students are being exposed to and recruited into this booming industry!
The sponsored high schools that have reached the NCCER Accredited Training and Education Facility status are listed with an asterisk as follows:
ALDINE ISD Aldine Senior High School* Davis Senior High School* Eisenhower Senior High School* Hall Senior High School* MacArthur Senior High School* Nimitz High School*
ALVIN ISD Alvin High School* Alvin ISD CTE Facility* JB Hensler College & Career Academy Manvel High School* Shadow Creek High School
BARBERS HILL ISD Barbers Hill High School*
CHANNELVIEW ISD Channelview High School*
CLEAR CREEK ISD Clear Creek High School*
CONROE ISD Caney Creek High School*
CROSBY ISD Crosby High School*
DEER PARK ISD Deer Park High School Agricultural Science Center* Deer Park High School North Campus* Deer Park High School South Campus*
DICKINSON ISD Dickinson High School*
GALENA PARK ISD Galena Park Agricultural Center* Galena Park High School* North Shore Senior High School*
GALVESTON ISD Ball High School*
GOOSE CREEK CONSOLIDATED ISD Goose Creek Memorial High School* Robert E. Lee High School* Ross Sterling High School* John M. Stuart Career Center*
HOUSTON ISD Barbara Jordan High School* Jones Futures Academy Lamar High School Madison High School* Milby High School* Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center* Scarborough High School* Stephen F. Austin High School* Sterling High School Washington High School* Wisdom High School Yates High School*
HUFFMAN ISD Hargrave High School
HUMBLE ISD Atascocita High School Humble High School* Kingwood High School*
LA PORTE ISD La Porte High School*
LONGVIEW ISD Longview High School*
NEEDVILLE ISD Needville High School*
PASADENA ISD Lewis Career and Technical High School* Pasadena High School Sam Rayburn High School South Houston High School
PEARLAND ISD Pearland High School* Robert Turner College & Career High School*
SHELDON ISD C.E. King High School*
SPRING BRANCH ISD Northbrook High School
TEXAS CITY ISD Texas City ISD Industrial Trades Center*
WINONA ISD Winona High School
Due to an aging workforce and public misconceptions about the construction industry, we’ve seen a steady decline in the number of individuals entering the construction workforce. It’s up to you to reverse this trend and start building a strong, steady workforce. As a construction professional, you have a unique perspective about the industry that proves valuable for not only ISDs but young students as well. Independent School Districts (ISDs) are looking to tap into industry knowledge to assist with the development of curriculum, mentoring and training programs, sharable resources, and general industry information about job opportunities and earning potential. Options for your company to get involved include the Adopt-A-School Program, serving on a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program Advisory Committee and High School Sponsorship. You can find the High School Sponsorship components here.
The “Adopt-A-School Program” is an initiative promoted by the Construction Careers Youth Committee (CCYC) to create a mutually beneficial partnership between the industry community and the local ISD. Benefits of such partnerships include portraying a positive industry image, as well as enhancing craft skills training. The result is empowered young people who see the boundless opportunities available as a craft professional and ultimately choose a career in construction. You can find the program components here.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE INFORMATION
Members of the business and industry community are encouraged to serve on a college or high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program Advisory Committee. Committee participants are typically comprised of business and industry community members, from outside of the field of education, whose expertise and experience represent a particular occupational field. Advisory committees can be established for a single workforce education program such as Welding Technology or for all of the CTE programs at a school district. Advisory committees typically meet two to three times per academic year to assist educators in developing, maintaining, and evaluating workforce education programs and courses. So why do schools need advisory committees? In addition to complying with Federal and State regulations, it just makes good sense to have a venue that can assist educators to better understand the workforce training needs and employment opportunities for their students. Committee members can assist schools in various matters such as reviewing curriculum, evaluating classroom and laboratory facilities, serving as a classroom speaker, arranging for field trips, creating student internship opportunities, assisting with supplemental funding, donating supplies and equipment, etc. One key element to keep in mind is that the role of a committee member is one of advice; not administration. Serving on an advisory committee lets school districts know how important they are to the community. You can also be a Guest Speaker for a sponsored High School. ISD’s benefit greatly by hearing from a craft professional who can give students first-hand accounts on what it’s like in the field. You can find some sample presentation points here. If you’re interested, contact Dr. Steven Horton for more information.
COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Construction is a vast and complex industry that allows men and women to use their talents and professions in many ways. From project management to finances to marketing, oh the places you can go in construction. ABC/CMEF are offering scholarships to qualifying undergraduate students pursuing a degree for a career in construction at a university or community college.
The Scholarship Committee will determine the number and dollar amounts of the awards with the number of individual scholarships awarded to be determined at the Committee’s discretion. The committee will take into consideration each applicant’s interest in construction, grades, extracurricular activities, employment experience, and financial needs.
Applicant must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at a university or community college at the time of application, and funds must be applied to undergraduate studies for either the fall 2017 or spring 2018 semester.
Applicant must pursue a degree relating to a career in Construction.
Applicant must have successfully completed a minimum of 40 semester college credit hours if pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
Applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of 24 semester college credit hours if pursuing an associate’s degree.
Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
ABC/CMEF encourages students who have successfully completed NCCER modules and have graduated from an Accredited Training and Educational Facility sponsored by Associated Builders & Contractors/Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation (ABC/CMEF) to attend one of the ABC/CMEF partnering community colleges to continue their education in the Career and Technical Education craft training program area that was studied in high school.
Scholarships may be awarded based on available funds and the number of the submitted applications. Scholarships are available for a maximum of two years after the recipient’s initial enrollment after high school graduation.
Students must have graduated from an Accredited Training and Education Facility sponsored by ABC/CMEF.
Students must start class at a partnering community college the first semester after high school graduation, not including the summer semester following graduation.
Students must attend an ABC/CMEF sponsored class offered at a partnering community college. The scholarship covers enrollment in evening or weekend classes. With the exception of weekend classes, enrollment in day classes is not allowed as such enrollment will interfere with the opportunity for employment.
Scholarship recipients must agree to work for a member company if offered employment. If recipients do not pass the pre-employment screening process or refuse employment, applicants will not be eligible for a scholarship.
Scholarship recipients must pass each approved course with a grade of “C” or better to remain eligible for a scholarship.
Scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply for a scholarship after successfully completing an approved course with a grade of “C” or better provided there is no break in continued enrollment. Summer semesters are not included in the continued enrollment requirement.
Career and Technical Education students who are attending ABC/CMEF Accredited Training and Education Facility sponsored craft training classes may concurrently enroll (dual credit/early admission) in ABC/CMEF sponsored craft training classes offered at one of the ABC/CMEF partnering community colleges. The scholarship funds can be applied to day, evening, or weekend ABC/CMEF sponsored classes per semester. For more information about the scholarship program and eligibility requirements, click here.
There are many benefits of ABC/CMEF Sponsorship for high schools using the NCCER Curriculum. Access to an industry-recognized, competency-based, standardized quality curriculum and student registry in the NCCER database with an industry-recognized credential upon successful completion are just two of the many benefits. Participation with ABC/CMEF provides career development opportunities for students while attending high school and upon graduation. The ABC/CMEF required documentation your school needs throughout a school year can be found below. In order for faculty to process the Registration of Training Modules, the following links are required.
It’s important to assess your class and the training you are providing to your students. After a student completes your course, they can evaluate the curriculum and its instruction using our Instructor Evaluation by High School Students form. This form is designed to assess the course and instruction in order to improve in the following semester or school year.