Tucson Plumbing Trainer Named ‘Instructor of the Year’
John Gallagher, a Home Builders Institute (HBI) plumbing instructor at the Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center in Tucson, Ariz., was named the “Instructor of the Year” during an annual training conference for HBI instructors in New Orleans last month.
HBI trains more than 70 students a year in plumbing, facilities maintenance and electrical wiring at the Acosta campus. Gallagher, who is lead instructor there, was honored for demonstrating exceptional leadership in his daily interaction with students, center colleagues and the surrounding community.
The Instructor of the Year was selected from the winners of six “Manager’s Choice Awards” for outstanding achievement in each of the nation’s Job Corps regions. Gallagher is located in Region VI, where HBI programs are conducted on 15 Job Corps campuses in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Gallagher formed his region’s first NAHB Student Chapter, which is sponsored by the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA). The chapter provides HBI students with the benefits of NAHB membership and valuable ties to the local residential construction industry. Students and instructors also have received complimentary passes to SAHBA’s three annual industry shows.
“John is an excellent teacher, committed to his students and to their success after Job Corps,” said Edward Taczanowsky, SAHBA president. “He is a genuine credit to the entire home building industry.”
Gallagher has worked with members of the home builders association such as Becklin Construction and Pulte Homes to provide his students with educational experiences on the job site.
Following a nomination by Gallagher, HBI Acosta graduate Fabian Liera received the NAHB President’s Award earlier this year for his accomplishments and dedication to the industry. A work-based learning program has been established at Ironwood/Winnelson Plumbing, which is owned by Liera.
For more information, e-mail Maria McIntyre at HBI, the workforce development arm of NAHB, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8912.