2017 CIOYALACHUA, Fla. — NCCER is pleased to recognize Roger Thompson of New Hope, Alabama as the 2017 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Craft Instructor of the Year.

NCCER presented Thompson with the prestigious award and a $10,000 cash prize from NCCER and the Trimmer Construction Education Foundation at ABC’s Workforce Development Conference on March 2 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The Craft Instructor of the Year award is presented each year to an instructor who possesses outstanding creativity, exceptional communication skills, a positive attitude and an unparalleled passion for teaching. The award recipient works diligently to promote lifelong learning and represents NCCER and ABC’s unwavering commitment to training America’s skilled craft workforce.

For 19 years, Thompson has taught nearly 500 first-year apprentices as an Electrical Craft Training Instructor at ABC’s North Alabama Craft Training Foundation (NACTF). He is also the chief electrical estimator at Jesse Stutts, Inc. in Huntsville, Alabama. With a combined 32 years of experience in the electrical field, Thompson is both a state of Alabama Master Electrician and an NCCER certified craft instructor.

“Roger enjoys the challenge of motivating and teaching the first-year apprentices and providing the cornerstone needed for each apprentice to be successful,” said Tiffany Brightwell, chapter president of ABC North Alabama. “He is a model instructor and often has contractors requesting their apprentices to be assigned to his class for their first year because they know Roger will take the time to prepare their employees for not only the classroom, but also the jobsite.”

Thompson began his career as an apprentice electrician and continued on to become a licensed journey lead electrician, electrical designer and now a craft instructor and chief electrical estimator. In his current role as chief electrical estimator, Thompson’s responsibilities include estimating supervision and estimating of health care facilities, government facilities, industrial, commercial facilities and systems.

This year’s Craft Instructor of the Year award finalists include James Davis of Hardeman County Schools, Alvin Pardo-Monell of APM Vocational Institute and Lowell Reith of Interstates. All three finalists were awarded $1,000 each and received complimentary round-trip travel and hotel accommodations to the ABC conference and awards presentation.

Photo Credit: Jerry Thompson

About NCCER — NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum and assessments with portable credentials and 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 www.nccer.org or contact NCCER customer service at 888.622.3720.

About the Associated Builders and Contractors – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 72 chapters help members win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. Visit www.abc.org for more information.