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National Training Programs

In addition to the many vocational school programs available to secondary and post secondary students in the U.S., there are national training programs that offer quality training and certification.



The ABC Student Chapters Program is a dynamic network of nearly 50 colleges and universities offering construction-related degree programs nationwide. At the local level, student chapters facilitate the interaction of ABC member firms, construction faculty, and college students through a variety of industry association and school events including regular membership meetings, guest speakers, internships, community service projects, fundraisers, career fairs/career awareness events, job site tours, and other activities.

Benefits to ABC Student Chapter members include scholarships; excellence awards; an annual construction management competition; faculty teaching awards; fellowships to attend the ABC Legislative Conference; an annual essay contest; and much more.

In addition to the Student Chapters, ABC provides many of its education, training and safety programs through partnerships and articulation agreements with college and universities.

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HBI has partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program for nearly 30 years, training and placing more than 2,000 young people annually in the residential construction industry. Students enrolled in Job Corps learn the construction skills they will need to pursue careers in home building. At the same time they build their lives, they also help meet the workforce needs of the housing industry where more than 200,000 new workers are needed each year.

Job Corps is the nation’s oldest and largest residential education and job training program for at-risk youth. Real-life, hands-on training helps young people acquire the three pieces of the employment puzzle: Trades Training, Basic Academics and Employable Skills.

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The International Masonry Institute offers quality training for craft workers, professional education for masonry contractors and free technical assistance to the design and construction communities. IMI is a strategic alliance between the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and their signatory contractors to promote quality masonry construction.

Team IMI consists of architects, engineers, construction managers, skilled craftworkers and instructors, offering what no other group can: expertise in training, craftsmanship, design, installation and marketing. That means buildings built by union craft workers and contractors get built the right way.

IMI’s network of 12 regional centers and the National Training Center in Maryland offers training at all career levels, from apprentice to supervisor, in all the masonry crafts: brick/block, title, terrazzo, marble, stone, restoration, plaster and cement, plus new products and systems.

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SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student excel. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Specifically for the building trades, SkillsUSA offers programs for Building Maintenance, Carpentry, Masonry, Plumbing and Residential Wiring. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

SkillsUSA offers many different events to help students grow. Each year this organization hosts the SkillsUSA Championships which is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contestants in 80 separate trades qualify through local and state competitions to earn the right to compete in this multi-million dollar event which draws over 4,500 participants. The Championships are designed to reward students for excellence, to involve insdustry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers' needs.

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