Breaking Ground:
The NCCER Blog

Want Deeper Learning? Get Outside of the Classroom.

Companies want to hire workers with experience, but how are you supposed to gain experience if you can’t find that first job?

The Importance of Career Readiness and Authentic Business Engagement

Imagine interviewing a candidate who lacks interpersonal skills and has less-than-average communication abilities.

Soft Skills: The Other Side of Construction

The professionalism of our industry is illustrated by the work ethic, communication and teamwork present on each and every construction site.

The Power of Passion

When you’re new to the construction industry and sit down with Dr. Mittie Cannon, you can’t help but feel inspired.

Build Me Up, Buttercup

I do not hail from particularly handy people. My family kept our tools in a kitchen drawer, next to the drawer with the whisk and the lemon zester.

Redefining Success

Careers in the construction industry are not presented on the cookie-cutter, sampler platter of ideal majors to pursue.

Barbies, Bows and Steel Toed Boots

If we are to encourage women to pursue careers they love, we have to first start by increasing the possibilities set before them.

Why Women are Good for Construction

In the United States, women represent less than 9 percent of construction workers, according to 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Supporting Girls in STEM Careers

STEM is the ability to develop a set of thinking that is embraced with creativity at work and in our lives.

Best Practice Profile: ABC, Greater Michigan Chapter

In 2012, as a response to the growing shortage of craft professionals within the state, ABC GMC developed a culture of “grow our own.”

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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.