Job Corps Students at IBS Showcase Their Trade Skills
Student Ambassadors from the Home Builders Institute’s (HBI) Job Corps programs demonstrated their trade skills to attendees at last month’s International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.
At the outset of the show, students joined with HBI instructors and staff to build the Job Corps Skills and Employment booth, where they showcased throughout the week their expertise in residential construction.
The students who worked at the booth were: Njoki Campbell, carpentry, Cassadaga Job Corps Center; Temira Hines, painting, Brunswick Job Corps Center; Kris Poola, plumbing, Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center; Zachary Schmidtke, brick masonry, Weber Basin Job Corps Center; Jamal Tyler, electrical, Keystone Job Corps Center; Bowdry Welsh, brick masonry, Weber Basin Job Corps Center; and Eric Willis, facilities maintenance, Atlanta Job Corps Center.
A highlight of student activities at the IBS was the fourth annual Job Corps Jeopardy! Championship on Jan. 20. Sponsored by the NAHB Student Chapters, the competition gave participants the opportunity to compete head to head in displaying their home building knowledge.
Emerging as the winner in a hard-fought contest was Temira Hines, who received a $100 gift card from Lowe’s Home Improvement.
During the show, Lowe’s presented a $50,000 check to HBI, renewing its commitment to the HBI/Lowe’s Building Careers Scholarship fund for a sixth year.
Coming in second place in the Jeopardy challenge was Jamal Tyler, a December 2008 graduate from the Keystone Job Corps Center. While at Job Corps, he took additional courses at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, Pa. Tyler is in his second year of an associate’s degree program in electrical construction technology and earned a 4.0 grade point average last semester.
“Even though Jamal had already graduated from my program, I wanted him to attend the Builders’ Show so a larger audience could see what a model Job Corps student he is,” said HBI instructor Marty Stronko. “Jamal is one of those students who are an inspiration to others. Even now, the entire Keystone Job Corps Center is buzzing about the success he’s having in college.”
“These students are impressive,” said former HBI Chairman Bill Paul. “They always put on a good show during the Jeopardy competition and represent HBI well. It’s great that NAHB members have a chance to interact with some of the brightest young trades people in the industry.”
For more information or for a complete roster of HBI events at IBS, e-mail Maria McIntyre at HBI, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8912.