Breaking Ground:
The NCCER Blog



Building My Always and Forever: From No! You Can't to I Know I Can!

10/5/2017
I was 6 years old when my mom remarried this grand, tall, muscular, teddy bear and kind man, who still to this day is my larger than life super-hero.

Creating a Sustainable Solution

9/7/2017
While labor shortage predictions and skills gap statistics continue to flood our industry’s newsfeeds, what’s unclear is the sustainable solution.

Stuck in the Middle

7/20/2017
Middle age, middle seat and middle skills all have one perceived thing in common: mediocrity.

What Are You Doing This Summer?

7/13/2017
For the last 14 years, my summers have consisted of the same thing: gainful employment in the construction industry!

Serious About Safety: Scout's Honor

6/22/2017
It’s clear that when young men learn how to put safety first they carry those lessons with them throughout their lives and into their careers.

Introducing OSHA Mom

6/8/2017
As a mom—three times as old as some of my classmates—I bet I’ve been in the emergency room three times more than most of them.

Want Deeper Learning? Get Outside of the Classroom.

4/20/2017
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

4/13/2017
Imagine interviewing a candidate who lacks interpersonal skills and has less-than-average communication abilities.

The Power of Passion

3/30/2017
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

3/23/2017
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.

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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.