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Industry Leaders Recognize Job Corps Graduate

Wiseman Presents Award to Job Corps Graduate

At Lowe’s exhibit booth at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Ebony Shaw, 27, was presented last month with the Shirley McVay Wiseman Award for Exceptional Promise.

Named after the former NAHB president and Home Builders Institute (HBI) trustee, the award is presented annually to a female Job Corps graduate who has overcome significant challenges to demonstrate the potential for outstanding success in the residential construction industry.

Wiseman presented the award and a $1,000 check from 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty Company. Additionally, Lowe’s surprised Shaw with a $500 gift card and more than $3,000 worth of tools.

Shaw came to the Golconda Job Corps Center in 1999 to receive electrical training that she could use as an electrician's mate in the U.S. Navy.

At Golconda JCC, Shaw excelled in John Gaddis’ electrical class and in mathematics and was active in extracurricular activities. She served as shop foreman, was a member of student government and mentored younger students at the center. Shaw was also on the women’s basketball team, where she unfortunately suffered a serious knee injury, forcing her to take medical leave for five-and-a-half months. She returned to the program as determined as ever and graduated in March 2001.

Shaw followed her dreams of joining the Navy, where she recently completed a six-year enlistment and left active duty as an electrician third class. While in the Navy, Shaw traveled to Dubai, Bahrain, Singapore and Portugal, among several other countries, and while her ship was stationed in San Diego she took computer science classes at the ACTI Technical School. Currently, Shaw is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer networking from the University of Phoenix.

“Job Corps helped lay the foundation for my entire career. The knowledge that I absorbed from my instructor, John Gaddis, was not only beneficial to me as a civilian, but has also been beneficial to my military training,” said Shaw.

“Ebony always had a smile on her face and liked to have fun, but she was a serious student as well,” said Gaddis. “She knew how to assert herself and I could tell she would be successful at whatever she attempted.”

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.

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