Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Albaugh.
Hi Brittany, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
The Construction Industry Education Foundation (CIEF) works to introduce and engage high school students and young adults to the rewarding careers available in the built environment. In 2022, CIEF will serve more than 4,000 students through our programs and award more than $100,000 in scholarships. Summer 2022 CIEF will be entering a new territory while launching a Dallas office and bring their workforce development programs to the local high school students.
CIEF offers a Fall event, Trades Day, which is a one-day career exploration event for high school students to engage in hands-on activities with industry representatives and learn about all of the various opportunities within the industry. The Spring Program, The Design-Build Competition, is a four-month-long program that high school student teams design and build a structure for a local organization/nonprofit in the community at a two-day competition. Each team is introduced to industry professionals throughout the program through mentorships, guest speakers, field trips, judges etc.
Let’s get these students introduced to the many careers within the built environment, and work to help close the labor shortage gap within the industry!
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We are excited to expand and offer our workforce development programs to more high school students Nationally. With that comes strategic planning so students have access to high level programs that will prepare them for the built environment.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
I leave each Design Build Competition completely amazed by the student’s perseverance, hard work and determination they exhibit throughout the two-day competition. I love hearing the stories of the students being hired from industry who were impressed with their skills and hard work at the competition. Being able to help support students with their career path is extremely rewarding.
- Our Workforce Development Programs are offered to high school students FREE of cost.
- Website: designbuildcompetition.com and tradesday.org
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