Pictured from left to right are Nic Cornelison, past chair president, P&C Construction, Jason Medeiros, chair, Pointe General Construction, Leslie Gower, chief executive officer, AGC of East Tennessee, Arch Willingham, secretary/treasurer and past chair, president, TU Parks Construction
AGC of East Tennessee won AGC of America’s “Work Place Development” award for the work at the Chattanooga Construction Career Center project Monday night at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The building was constructed by TU Parks Construction. The project was spearheaded by AGC of East Tennessee‘s Chief Executive Officer Leslie Gower.
The $15,000,000 project was a joint effort between AGC of East Tennessee, Hamilton County, City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County Schools, Chattanooga State, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and many others.
Construction employers and educators selected the curriculum to give students a broad and thorough understanding of the construction process. This rigorous curriculum, designed by the National Center for Construction Education & Research, will prepare students to be employment ready upon graduation.
The Building Construction Technology Program’s mission is to teach adult and dual-enrolled high school students skills related to the fundamentals of carpentry, construction and residential electrical wiring, construction and residential plumbing, foundation methods, masonry block, and brick laying. In addition, a core craft skills section includes safety, math, tools, rigging, communications, and employability skills. The program includes a study involving work ethics that incorporates proper workplace attendance, character, teamwork, appearance, attitude, productivity, organizational skills, communications, cooperation, and respect.