High school students in Alabama are motivated now more than ever to pursue a career in construction thanks to the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association's
(GMHBA's) first-ever construction management competition.
Workforce development is the focus of GMHBA this year. The HBA secured several area Careers in Construction month proclamations throughout the month of October but wanted to do more. GMHBA decided to host a student competition to raise scholarship money for students to attend the 2020 International Builders' Show
and inspire the next generation of builders.
Since the local had limited experience with student competitions, Angela Allen, executive officer of GMHBA, turned to the NAHB Careers in Construction Month toolkit
for the necessary resources.
The board of directors embraced the program and sponsors enthusiastically signed on. Even more encouraging, members who were not previously engaged with GMHBA looked for ways to become involved. GMHBA reached out to local high schools and worked closely with NAHB's Tuskegee University student chapter. Nearly two dozen students were recruited. GMHBA sent the student teams a detailed set of plans and example problems prior to the competition.
The construction management competition program took place at Tuskegee University on Oct. 11. Teams participated in question-and-answer sessions based on the plans they received. GMHBA members were on-hand to provide support and the Tuskegee student chapter coordinated the logistics. The program concluded with lunch, an awards ceremony and a tour of the university.
GMHBA is expecting a significant increase in participation next year. For HBAs who want to host a student competition but are weary of resource or time constraints, Allen strongly encourages them to give it a try. "Just follow the toolkit. It made the planning easy."
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