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    Build Your Future Scholarship to Benefit Craft Training for Construction Students

    For Immediate Release

    Alachua, Fla.— NCCER and its Build Your Future (BYF) initiative have recently partnered with Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and its Trimmer Construction Education Foundation to offer the Build Your Future Scholarship to deserving craft training students seeking a career in construction.

    “As an industry, we must educate the public about the vast career opportunities available in the construction industry and provide tangible opportunities for individuals to learn skills that will help them build a successful career,” said Don Whyte, president of NCCER. “Given the similarity of our missions and the desire of NCCER and BYF to support the work of the Trimmer Construction Education Foundation, we are pleased to offer this endowment.”

    For nearly 20 years, NCCER and BYF have been proud supporters of ABC and the Trimmer Construction Education Foundation and have contributed more than $500,000 to their efforts. The Build Your Future Scholarship includes a $20,000 annual donation for five years. Each year, the Trimmer Construction Education Foundation will provide scholarships to individuals who want to pursue craft training opportunities in the construction industry through an NCCER accredited training program or a state or federally approved apprenticeship program. The scholarship package comes from the Build Your Future Scholarship Fund and will be in addition to the contributions that NCCER and BYF already provide to ABC and the Trimmer Construction Education Foundation.

    “We are honored to have the continued support from NCCER and BYF,” said Michael Bellaman, president and CEO of ABC. “The Build Your Future Scholarship supports our mission of attracting young men and women to our industry and training them to become skilled craft professionals. It is partnerships like these that solidify the future of the construction industry.”

    About NCCER — NCCER is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum with portable credentials to help address the skilled, construction workforce shortage. NCCER is recognized by the industry as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professional. For more information, visit or contact NCCER customer service at 888.622.3720.

    About Build Your Future – Build Your Future (BYF) is NCCER’s national image enhancement and recruitment initiative for the construction industry. Its mission is to recruit the next generation of craft professionals by making career and technical education a priority in secondary schools, shifting negative public perception about careers in the construction industry and providing a path from ambition, to training, to job placement as a craft professional. BYF provides a number of resources to assist industry, education and military organizations in achieving these goals. For more information, visit

    About Associated Builders and Contractors — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at  

    About Trimmer Construction Education Foundation — The Trimmer Construction Education Foundation’s mission is to fund, based on merit, proposed methods which have the highest impact to attracting, training and retaining the construction industry workforce. For more information, please visit

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