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The future of the construction industry depends on strong, engaging education programs that get younger generations interested in construction and technical careers.

Fecon recently hosted Sen. Rob Portman, delegates from the United Way of Warren County and students involved with Fecon's apprentice program for a roundtable discussion on workforce development. Fecon has a long history with local high schools and technical colleges, providing training and meaningful, well-paying jobs while students are in school and after they graduate.

The Contractors Association of Will and Grundy Counties (CAWGC) announces its Annual Scholarship Program. Since the program's inception in 1996, the association has awarded almost $130,000 to deserving scholars who will be pursuing degrees in the construction field.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers is hosting its annual Product Safety & Compliance Seminar followed by the Product Liability Seminar from April 27-30. Taking place in Itasca, Ill., the returning seminar is designed to offer product safety and compliance professionals in attendance up-to-date information and valuable insights on equipment manufacturing industry standards, regulations and best practices.

Every year, natural disasters threaten infrastructure and human life. The greatest damage (measured in repair dollars) is caused by storms. It is not only the high winds of thunderstorms, but rain and hail that cause the damage. Hurricanes and flooding are the second and third most destructive natural event, respectively.

A middle schooler from Washington, a California high school senior, an engineering student from University of California, Davis, and a graduate student from Carnegie Mellon University are winners of the 9th annual American Road & Transportation Builders Association's (ARTBA) "Student Transportation Video Contest." They each will receive a $500 cash prize.

The construction industry — a very information intensive industry — has been slow to adopt technology. Until about six or seven years ago, technology was reserved for the back office and typically used for HR, accounting, contract writing, tracking change orders, with nothing to drive the information to the people actually doing the work in the field.

Construction Safety Week, an annual industrywide education and awareness event originally formed in 2014, is set for May 4-8, 2020. This year's theme is Built on Safety. "This year's Safety Week theme, Built on Safety, provides great opportunities for us to come together and recommit to safety as the foundation of everything we do," said Scott Cassels, Kiewit Corporation executive vice president and 2020 Safety Week executive committee chairman.

Along with its prestigious lineup of education sessions, IFPE 2020 will be hosting college course styled speaker sessions at the show in March. These hands-on sessions will help attendees get the most out of their IFPE experience by providing information critical to the success of companies as the industry continues to expand and develop.

Linemen have one of the most dangerous jobs out there, and now apprentices from the Missouri Valley region will have one of the best places in the country to learn their trade. The Missouri Valley Line Constructors and Apprenticeship and Training Program is building a $13.5 million facility to train apprentice linemen, traffic signal technicians and substation technicians from seven states — Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin — in Indianola, Iowa.

To continue support of employee education and training in the work truck industry, NTEA developed a new Truck Equipment 201 module covering powertrain systems. TE201 is a series of online courses, designed for those with technical knowledge seeking deeper understanding of specific topics outlined in the introductory TE101.

On Nov. 2, 2019, King of Prussia Equip. Corp. held a one-day service school of MQ-Whiteman ride-on power trowels. Derek Adams, MQ field service manager of the northeast United States and eastern Canada instructed the school. The service school started at 8:00 a.m.


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