With the school year ending for many Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs across the country, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) was pleased to award Fleming Island High School with a Makers Grant tool kit sponsored by Stanley Black & Decker. The students in Mr. Cunningham's class will put these tools to work as a new school year kicks off in August. The students and Mr. Cunningham are excited by what they will learn and already have projects planned for the next school year.
As a recipient of the 2022 Stanley Black & Decker Makers Grant, NCCER is grateful to partner with Stanley Black & Decker to build CTE programs and connect students with careers in construction. The grant is used to support NCCER's CareerStarter program, an online platform that unites students, job seekers, employers, and educators together in one place to promote the exploration of construction careers and connects job seekers with entry-level opportunities. Forward-thinking partners, like Stanley Black & Decker, have made a critical impact in creating connections for individuals that change lives through meaningful and fulfilling careers in the craft trades.
Karen Price-Ward, director of social impact at Stanley Black & Decker, said, "Stanley Black & Decker is proud to support NCCER as they work to skill and reskill the next generation of trade professionals." Price-Ward added, "there are currently an estimated 650,000 open construction jobs in the U.S. and 10 million unfilled manufacturing jobs globally. Our purpose is to support 'Those Who Make the World,' and being able to fund educational programs and non-profits that are revitalizing trade careers directly connects to our core mission. Thanks to this year's Makers Grant Recipients, together we will be one step closer to closing the trade skills gap."
Through the generosity of partners like Stanley Black & Decker, NCCER is equipped to empower students, like those at Fleming Island High School, with the skillsets and tools necessary to build meaningful and bright futures in the construction industry.