Carpentry Abilities Tested at SkillsUSA Competition
The Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of NAHB, put carpentry skills in the spotlight at the 40th annual SkillsUSA Championships, which were held June 21-24 in Kansas City, Mo.
More than 4,600 of America’s most promising young career and vocational students competed for national recognition at this year’s competition.
Sponsored by HBI, the carpentry contest at SkillsUSA recognized the abilities of 51 champions representing each state and Puerto Rico at the secondary level and 27 winners from the post-secondary category.
For the past 10 years, Keith Albright, HBI’s vice president for Job Corps operations, has chaired the Carpentry Technical Committee, which is responsible for designing the competition and recruiting vendors to supply building materials and awards for the winners.
Among the generous donors was Lowe’s Home Improvement, whose ongoing relationship with HBI has given many young people a head start in the building industry. The hard hats worn by students during the assembly process were donated by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City.
Competitors were provided with blueprints; precisely rationed materials, including nails and screws; and six-and-one half hours to construct a project with wood and steel partitions, rafters, stairs, interior finish and a concrete column form.
Mark McGill from Walpole, N.H. placed first among the secondary competitors and William James of Newark, Del. earned top honors in the post-secondary contest.
For more information on HBI and the SkillsUSA competition, e-mail Keith Albright at HBI, or call him at 800-795-7955 x8911.