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Is a Four-Year Degree Always the Right Choice for Students?

Posted Jan. 9, 2019 Have you ever wondered if a four-year degree is the right educational path for your children?  In recent years, public opinion has pushed for more people to go to college. Young students are told that a bachelor’s degree or even further education is the only way to stand out and get …

Not Just for Boys — Construction Offers Opportunities for Girls

Posted Jan. 9, 2019 It’s not your father’s industry anymore. With women succeeding in the field, from interns to owners, construction is diversifying.    As you consider the career options that are available in construction, you may think, that’s great for my son, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for my daughter, right? Nope. Women in construction …

What Will Happen When the Baby Boomers Retire?

Posted Jan. 9, 2019 The Baby Boomer generation saw a massive growth in the U.S. population. Along with it came the expansion of the labor force and the economy as a whole.  Growth is what sustains an economy. The advent of the Boomers coincided with the Golden Age of the United States, a period of prosperity …

In Demand: Skilled Craft Positions are Hardest Roles to Fill

Posted Jan. 9, 2019 It’s always exciting when our children show interest in their future career options.  But we know that all careers are not created equal.   Some career fields have a high demand. Other areas are oversaturated, with too many people and not enough jobs to go around.  Young people should be encouraged to pursue their …

Mind the Gap: Why the Skills Gap in Construction is a Critical Issue

Posted Jan. 9, 2019  “Skills to pay the bills.”  It’s a fun, common refrain we use to illustrate the basic process of work: We use our training and talents to complete tasks that employers pay us to do.  But more and more in our society, the skills that pay the bills aren’t being learned.   Companies …

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Dr. Mittie Cannon, Founder of POWER UP Inc.

Dr. Mittie Cannon’s undeniable passion and unwavering commitment to empowering young women in the industry is inspiring and has brought much recognition to the opportunities that exist in construction. Dr. Cannon creates these moments of brilliance when individuals realize the immense depth of the industry and the many pathways available for career success.  When Dr. Cannon graduated high school, she pursued a career …

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Boyd Worsham, President of NCCER

Starting as a carpenter apprentice and rising to president of an international company, Boyd Worsham embodies the enterprising spirit of the construction industry.     Worsham always knew he should be in construction because he liked to build things. The carpentry program at his high school solidified his desire to enter the industry. He was inspired by his 11th and 12th grade carpentry instructor, who taught him …