January 24, 2011
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Home Builders Institute
HBI Job Corps Graduates Recognized for Achievements in Housing Industry
At IBS, HBI Job Corps graduates Nicole Robbins, left, and Brian Bader, right, were recognized with the Shirley McVay Wiseman Award for Exceptional Promise and NAHB Chairman’s Award, respectively, for their exemplary achievements in the home building industry as their instructors, Randall Mann and Michael Frank, look on.

At the NAHB Joint Executive Meeting during the 2011 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Home Builders Institute (HBI) Job Corps graduates Nicole Robbins and Brian Bader received awards for their exemplary achievements in the home building industry.

Funded by the U.S.Department of Labor, the HBI Job Corps program is the nation’s oldest and largest residential education and job training program for at-risk youth.

“We are proud of the exemplary work Nicole and Brian displayed to win these awards,” said Fred Humphreys, HBI’s president and chief executive officer. “This recognition validates the dedication they both have to their craft and is a testament to their HBI instructors’ commitment to building a skilled workforce.”

Robbins, an HBI electrical program graduate of the San Diego Jobs Corps Center, received the Shirley McVay Wiseman Award for Exceptional Promise from HBI Trustee and Past NAHB President Shirley McVay Wiseman.

Bader, an HBI plumbing program graduate from the Quentin N. Burdick Job Corps Center in Minot, N.D., received the NAHB Chairman’s Award from Bob Jones, the 2010 NAHB chairman.

The Wiseman Award is presented annually to an outstanding female HBI Job Corps graduate who has gone on to achieve success in housing.

“Nicole is a dedicated and tenacious person who works hard at her job and as a volunteer in her community,” said Wiseman.

Robbins, who was the only woman during her time in the program, excelled and became a shop foreman and distinguished herself as an effective leader and mentor to both new and seasoned students.

Since June 2008, Robbins has been employed at Beck Electric in San Diego, where she has proven her leadership, communication skills and value to the company.

The NAHB Chairman’s Award is presented annually to an outstanding Job Corps graduate who has overcome adversity to achieve success in home building.

From the start, Bader trained diligently and he became an integral part of an HBI community service remodeling project at the Minot Air Force Base. Upon completion of the program in 2008, Bader began working as a union apprentice with Mowbray and Son Plumbing and Heating in Minot. Today he is a third-year apprentice and has almost completed his studies to become a certified pipe-fitter.

“Brian exemplifies the reason I became an HBI instructor — to help those individuals who, after struggling with life, decided to change their lives and become more than anyone can imagine,” said his instructor Michael Frank.

For more information on HBI’s Job Corps program, e-mail Keith Albright, or call him at 800-795-7955 x8911.

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