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May 03, 2023 01:30 PM EST - May 03, 2023 02:15 PM EST
The construction industry offers many options for rewarding career paths. From apprentice to project superintendent, building a career in construction is a fantastic way to learn high demand skills and make great money. The panelists in this session will discuss their paths in the construction industry and offer their perspective on training, advancement and opportunities for everyone.
Brad is a Senior Workforce Development Manager with the National Center for Construction Education and Research® (NCCER). He brings extensive knowledge of NCCER as an end user from his previous work as the Executive Director for the Florida Masonry Apprenticeship and Educational Foundation (FMAEF) and a former high school and apprenticeship instructor.
Brad’s experience in CTE and the construction industry has led to the development of strong partnerships between LEA’s, colleges, industry, and corrections to provide nationally recognized articulation programs that train and employ the future construction leaders. Brad is a graduate of the carpentry program at Blackstone Valley Technical School in MA, earned his contractor’s license at 18, and owned his own construction company at twenty. Brad was a VICA national medalist in carpentry in 1989 and earned his BS in education at the age of 48. Brad’s favorite quote is: “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
Paul Larson is a 21-year-old Arizona native from the town of Casa Grande. He earned his A.A.S. degree at Central Arizona College in Heavy Equipment Operations. Upon graduation he was hired by Sundt Construction through their WFD Partnership program. Paul has worked on several projects with Sundt, including Intel at the Chandler Arizona campus, the South 32 Hermosa Mine in southern Arizona and his current location at the Intel Computers Rio Rancho, New Mexico campus. As an ironworker/pipefitter, he has benefited from the training programs that NCCER offers, has obtained NCCER certifications in Ironworking and Rigging, and currently is attending Sundt’s NCCER Pipefitter apprenticeships program. Paul is “truly grateful for the opportunities that have been presented through NCCER as a Sundt employee/owner.”
Ashton White, a.k.a. That Masonry Girl, is 23 and just graduated from UNC Charlotte with a BS in Construction Management. White won the SkillsUSA National Masonry Competition in 2018 and 2019, becoming the first female to do so. Currently, she works for SPEC MIX as the social media manager and plans to go into doing hardscape and workforce development. She hopes to own a masonry company that does high-end outdoor patios, entertainment areas, and living spaces.