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School’s Out for Summer … Or is it?

BY JEANIE J. CLAPP
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

June marked the end of another school year for many. Some students will move to another grade in the fall. Those who have graduated from high school will get to take that first step of adulthood — probably with both excitement and anticipation. And college graduates — with a four-year degree in their hands — will soon learn the real work begins now.

Whether they return to a classroom in September or embark on a new career, what I hope this younger generation realizes is that education is a lifelong practice. And, in many instances, the best places and ways to learn can be found outside the classroom. Whether from a friend, a parent, a child or a colleague, knowledge can be delivered in unique and effective ways. We just need to look for it and, in turn, pass it along.

The Constructor team, for example, strives to educate AGC members and the construction community on industry issues and association news with every article. Interested in learning more about modular construction in the healthcare sector? Read about it on page 20. Want to hear how others wrestle with the jungle of data they need to manage? Check out the story on page 14. And, find out what it takes to become the Construction Risk Partners Build America Grand Award winner on page 46.

There are also several excellent examples in this issue of the many unique ways to educate people about the varied careers in construction — beginning with our cover story on page 32.

Eric Borden of Mark One Electric Company, also known as the “The Pasture Poet,” has crafted an inspirational poem that pays homage to the men and women who make up the construction industry. Through this unique and artistic medium, Borden is teaching students, or anyone in search of a new career, the benefits of working in construction.

AGC member firm Rosendin Electric teamed up with a Glendale, Ariz., high school to sponsor a local go-kart competition called Racing The Sun (page 36). Mentoring participants on this STEM project benefits the students individually, but it also serves as an effective workforce development initiative. This is another great example of how members are spreading the word — or teaching others — about construction.

Don’t get me wrong: Classroom settings are valuable too, as you’ll learn on page 50, where we discuss the newest addition to AGC’s education arsenal. The Construction Supervision Fundamentals course provides insight and critical information to those construction professionals who wish to advance further in their career.

Clearly, there’s more than one way to learn, and AGC and its members are here to teach — whether school’s out or not.