12072582_10153595234135675_7747343863357419099_nBy Herbert "Bert" Johnston, Education Director at GCA Trades Academy Hafa adai! October is a busy month for the Guam Contractors Association as we recognize Careers in Construction Month. The month typically starts off with a large picnic where member firms bring their employees and families for a day of food and fun in the sun. This year’s Family Day Picnic included contests for hotdog eating, barbeque and tug-of-war between member companies. Also included in the festive atmosphere were stations offering cotton candy, sno-cones and face painting for children. The picnic has been an annual event for 23 years! 12105925_10153595229845675_7472940344116839615_n At the annual membership meeting on Oct. 21, the governor of Guam declared October 2015 as Careers in Construction Month in a proclamation signing ceremony. This year marks the 10th year a gubernatorial proclamation recognizing the importance of construction careers has been signed in Guam. The first proclamation was for Careers in Construction Week back in 2006 and has since expanded into a full month. In 2006, the Guam Contractors Association used Careers in Construction Week as a way to launch the GCA Trades Academy, an NCCER Accredited Training Unit. 11015222_10153605218710675_249207182511307415_n To close out Careers in Construction Month, the Guam Contractors Association and GCA Trades Academy will host the fifth annual Pizza, Pop & Power Tools event on Halloween. Based on a concept from another Associated Builders and Contractors chapter, the Guam Contractors Association invites high school girls to spend a day at the GCA Trades Academy for pizza, drinks and fun construction activities involving the use of hand and power tools. After a safety briefing, the girls are chaperoned through to various stations where they learn how to use construction tools. Attendees at last year's event operated heavy equipment simulators, backhoes, bucket trucks and pallet jacks, as well as laid concrete blocks and installed a laundry sink. The girls ended the day by constructing picture frames that they later posted on Facebook. Last year, the girl with the most Facebook likes won an iPad. 10731092_10152794187575675_4501840821002428754_n Here in Guam, we not only promote construction careers heavily throughout October, we also do our best to promote the industry throughout the year with a monthly, 12-page insert in Guam’s daily newspaper, Pacific Daily News. The insert, titled Trades, has been published since March 2008 and highlights local success stories in construction workforce development. The October issue focuses on Career in Construction Month activities, including photos from the annual picnic and profiles of local construction industry representatives. Construction offers rewarding careers, and we are proud to offer long-standing programs that promote these careers and get kids excited about construction! CICM_180x150_2015 Celebrate Careers in Construction this October! Visit byf.org/events for details!  

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NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.