HBI Students Plan for a Full Roster of Activities at IBS
Home Builders Institute (HBI) students and alumni will once again take center stage at next month’s International Builders' Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.
Throughout the show, HBI Job Corps students will help staff the Skills and Employment booth (C7889), demonstrating their trade skills and competing against any and all challengers in a nail driving contest. On Tuesday, Jan. 20, students will go head-to-head in the fourth annual "Job Corps Jeopardy! Championships," starting at 2:00 p.m.
Recognition of Landmark Accomplishments
On Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 1:00 p.m., two Job Corps alumni who are now employed in the building industry will be honored for their outstanding accomplishments:
- Shianne Valenzuela, a graduate of Otis May’s electrical class at the Loring Job Corps Center (JCC) in Maine, will receive the Shirley McVay Wiseman Award for Exceptional Promise, which is presented annually to an outstanding woman graduate.
- Charles Geralds from Mark Campbell’s landscaping class at the Old Dominion JCC in Monroe, Va. will receive the NAHB President’s Award.
The awards will be presented at the Lowe’s booth (C5665) by NAHB Past President McVay Wiseman and NAHB Chairman Sandy Dunn, respectively.
Following the awards presentation, Dunn, who also serves as HBI’s oversight officer, will be joined on the stage by incoming HBI Chairman Mike Weiss and Job Corps student ambassadors to receive another $50,000 contribution from Lowe’s to the HBI/Lowe’s Job Corps Building Careers Scholarship Fund. This year’s donation will bring the total Lowe’s contribution to the scholarship to $300,000.
NAHB Student Members in Vegas to Compete
As the 2009 Builder’s show approaches, Arizona State University, the Pennsylvania College of Technology and Juneau Douglass High School are preparing to defend their 2008 Residential Construction Management Competition (RCMC) first place finishes in their respective four-year university, two-year college and secondary school divisions.
A total of 71 teams and 400 students, both record highs, will be vying for the top prize. The competition will take place at Caesars Palace on Jan. 19-21. Participating teams will be required to complete a simulated construction project based on an actual housing development under construction in San Antonio by Centex Homes, the RCMC sponsor.
In the final category in which the judges will grade the teams, participating students will make a 10- to 15-minute presentation demonstrating their proficiency in completing the management aspects of a development.
Many of the NAHB Student Chapter members attending the show will receive financial assistance for their travel expenses from the National Housing Endowment.
Student Chapters IBS events will culminate at an awards ceremony on Wednesday Jan. 21 in which outstanding NAHB student chapters and educators will be recognized for their year-long contributions to the program and their dedication to promoting residential construction.
The NAHB Student Chapters will also be hosting the Third Annual Diversity and Inclusion in Construction luncheon on Jan. 19, with dynamic motivational speaker Ed Santana providing a keynote address, and Student President’s Advisory Council Luncheon on Jan. 20.
RCS Courses Offered in Their Entirety
For the third consecutive year, HBI will offer all eight courses required to earn the Residential Construction Superintendent (RCS) Designation. The courses begin on Saturday, Jan. 17, and run until Tuesday, Jan. 20.
To register, visit www.buildershow.com/education.
For more information on any of these activities or for a complete roster of HBI events at IBS, e-mail Maria McIntyre at HBI, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8912.