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Training and Testing Are Not One Size Fits All

At a time when construction starts are growing in Georgia and the labor supply is failing to meet to demand, we need more support for workforce development needs, including expanded technical training programs.

Getting Back to the Basics of Teaching

My first opportunity to teach was in the evenings at a local community college. The challenge of teaching others in a comprehensive training program made me aware of the gaps in my own training.

An Investment in Our Nation's Infrastructure is an Investment in Our Skilled Workforce

Earlier this week, with the Dec. 4 deadline looming, leaders in the House and Senate negotiated an agreement for a $305 billion highway bill that would extend federal transportation funding for five years.

Welders vs. Philosophers - Ignore Media Sophistry

On November 10, 2015, during the GOP presidential debate, Sen. Marco Rubio boldly stated that "welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers."

Is the Construction Industry Facing a Skilled Labor Cliff?

After decades of facing periodic workforce challenges, many of today’s construction industry leaders seem to have become habituated to the idea of a looming skilled workforce cliff.

From Military to Construction, Veterans Provide Continued Leadership

The Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Pelican Chapter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Bayou Chapter in New Orleans are home to some of the largest training centers along the Gulf Coast.

Guam Celebrates Careers in Construction Month

Hafa adai! October is a busy month for the Guam Contractors Association as we recognize Careers in Construction Month.

Tools to Establish a Long-term Career in Industrial Construction

A career in industrial construction can start out at either entry level or midlevel depending on if you dive into it right out of high school or technical school.

Careers in Construction Month and its Connections to Career and Technical Education

NCCER and its Build Your Future (BYF) initiative are once again declaring October as Careers in Construction Month.

Alaska Hosts Construction Career Day Events Throughout the State

Because of Alaska’s vast geography, it is hard to have just one construction career day, so we host multiple events across different regions.

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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.


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