WASHINGTON D.C. — The Associated General Contractors of America has honored its Nevada Chapter for its Education Externship Program. This program helps teachers bridge the gap between classroom lessons and real world applications in the construction industry.
“As the construction industry emerges from a severe downturn that began more than seven years ago, many firms report having a difficult time finding enough skilled workers to fill key positions particularly with our recent economic growth,” said John Madole, Executive Director of the Nevada Chapter AGC. “Exacerbating the situation has been the continued decline of vocational-technical programs providing training. The Nevada Chapter AGC’s Education Committee decided to work at the grass roots level of education; teachers in the classroom and counselors at the high schools.”
“The Externship is accredited for teachers’ continuing education credits and participants are required to prepare a lesson plan that integrates the use of construction or engineering in the acquisition of a particular math, science or language arts skill set,” said Externship Coordinator Melissa Duvall.
The Nevada Chapter of AGC’s Externship Program is also a finalist in the 2015 Governor’s Points of Light Awards, and it was nominated for the Corporate and Business Volunteer category.
There will be an award reception on November 3rd at The Twisted Fork to recognize those who took part in the Externship Program.