Industry Leaders Recognize Job Corps Graduate
In recognition of his ability to overcome adversity to achieve success in the home building industry, Eric Marion, 25, an electrical helper working for Thaw’s Electrical Service, St. Simmons Island, Ga., has won the NAHB President’s Award.
At the Lowe’s exhibit at last month’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, 2007 NAHB President Brian Catalde presented the winner with a $1,000 check. Marion also received a surprise $500 gift card and more than $3,000 worth of tools from Lowe’s.
Marion was a recipient of the Home Builders Institute/Lowe’s Building Careers Scholarship, which helped him relocate to his job at Thaw’s from Macon, Ga. He has continued his education by pursuing certification in residential wiring technology at Coastal Georgia Community College.
Marion graduated from HBI’s electrical program at the Brunswick Job Corps Center (JCC) in 2006 and immediately began working at Thaw’s, a member of the Golden Isles Home Builders Association. In the one year Marion spent at Brunswick JCC, he worked as the shop foreman on several Vocational Student Training (VST) projects, received his driver’s license, earned his GED and completed the advanced level in the electrical trade.
“I’m proud to see Eric continue his education while pursuing a career in home building,” said HBI electrical instructor Robert Collins. “He was a great student and is a great success story for the U.S. Department of Labor, HBI, NAHB and all the organizations involved in Job Corps.”
For more information on the awards or HBI’s Job Corps programs, e-mail Maria McIntyre at HBI, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8912.
Home Builders Institute Offers New Program to Teach Hispanic Adults English
Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition is an easy-to-use, take-home learning tool created exclusively for the construction industry by the Home Builders Institute to improve communication, quality and safety on the job site.
The product, now available at www.seddesaberconstruction.com, uses proven LeapFrog technology to allow workers to listen, record and play back their pronunciation of more than 500 vocabulary words and 340 phrases. Participants who practice 30 minutes each day will complete the program in just four months. Learning at home, on their own time, also eliminates scheduling conflicts.
Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition was developed by a team of subject matter experts assembled through HBI — including superintendents, craft skills experts, remodelers and builders — to ensure that the information is relevant to today’s home building workforce. To address worker safety issues related to the language barrier, HBI created a seventh book based entirely on the NAHB-OSHA Job Site Safety Handbook.
NAHB members can purchase the learning system, all seven books and a skills assessment to chart employee progress for $395 per kit. The non-member price is $495. Order today and empower your workers to learn English at www.seddesaberconstruction.com.