To the editor:
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Michigan Chapter thanks Gov. Rick Snyder for recognizing October as Careers in Construction Month in Michigan. Construction has provided fulfilling, family supporting careers for American workers for generations. However, industry growth, an aging workforce and a lack of emphasis on the lucrative construction career path in our schools has contributed to a shortage of skilled workers in the industry. This shortage is projected to reach 1.1 million skilled workers over the next decade according to the Construction Labor Market Analyzer.
Construction is one of the few industries where an entry-level employee can earn a paycheck while training for their specific career. Once completed, skilled craftsmen and women receive industry-recognized credentials and marketable skills that will help them triumph as highly skilled professionals in the construction industry, all without accumulating student loan debt.
ABC is committed to developing the next generation of American skilled craft professionals, as evidenced by our members’ $1.1 billion national annual investment in workforce development. Proclamations such as Gov. Snyder’s help us raise awareness of the career opportunities available. If you are considering a career in construction, visit www.gmca.edu to find out about training programs in the Great Lakes Bay Region and Lansing!
JIMMY E. GREENE, CEO
STEPHANIE DAVIS, VP, Greater Michigan Construction Academy
CHARLES HAUSER, VP, ABC Greater Michigan Chapter