Academy of Craft Training:
A Year of Success
24 Schools
Ashville High School, Clay Chalkville High School, Fairfield High School, Fultondale High School, Gardendale High School, Homewood High School, Hoover High School, Huffman High School, Jackson Olin, Leeds High School, Midfield High School, Moody High School, Mortimer Jordan High School, Parker High School, Pelham High School, Pell City High School, Pleasant Grove High School, Spain Park High School, Tarrant High School, Thompson High School
Senior Day
Due to the high volume of interest in program graduates, a career day was held at the academy at the end of April to ensure student awareness of job availability and employer familiarity with student concentrations, interests and skill level. As a first step toward full-time employment, prospective employers and students discussed job descriptions and opportunity to work. As a result of this high level of employer participation, 90% of our seniors have been placed with full-time employers.
Employees of the Month
"At the Academy of Craft Training our instructors from each craft appoint a student once a month as Employee of the Month. This student is chosen based on their attentiveness in the classroom, safety awareness and work in the shop, and overall employability skills demonstrated on a daily basis. They are rewarded with breakfast and recognition by posting their pictures on the wall where students enter the Academy every morning." 

Academy of Craft Training hosts PowerUP Event
With Construction careers still considered nontraditional options for women, most girls are not encouraged to explore carpentry skills or consider positions such as project manager. On March 22, Alabama middle and high school girls gathered for "It's a Mother Daughter Thing!" and had the opportunity to explore the construction drades through hands-on exhibits and active discussion with successful women in the construction industry. Students also met with officials from local schools and employers about opportunities in the industry.
"It's a first of its kind event in Alabama designed to educate and engage girls to explore the field of construction." - CBS 42 News
BL Harbert - ServiceFirst Bank
Students were able to visit a live jobsite thanks to longtime member of Associated Builders & Contractors, BL Harbert, International. This was a great opportunity for participants of our program to experience a "day on the job"...
"Academy of Craft Training students went on a field trip to the Service First Headquarters project being constructed by BL Harbert. All students at the Academy attended along with instructors and administrators. The students enjoyed touring the jobsite and getting to see what they are learning come together in real life. The instructors were updated on some new products and codes in each craft area as well. It was a great day for the Academy and we very much appreciate BL Harbert allowing us to visit their project."
SkillsUSA
The Academy of Craft Training hosted and chaired the 2017 SkillsUSA state level Welding Fabrication competition for Alabama. The competition consisted of 12 teams with 3 members on each team designing, fabricating and building a project (the project theme was a fire pit). There were 9 high school level vocational instructors in attendance along with industry sponsors from Lincoln Electric, Airgas and Nucor Steel that provided materials and consumables for the competition. Trinity Industries provided breakfast and judges along with BL Harbert who also provided a judge. Associated Builders & Contractors of Alabama provided lunch for all judges and competitors.
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The Academy of Craft Training is fully backed by the commercial construction industry. We are very grateful to those who have donated funding, time or materials to the program. Your support has been immeasurably advantageous. 
Workers Memorial Day
Speakers from OSHA and UA Safe State gathered at the Academy of Craft Training to remember those who have lost their lives on the job in the construction industry.
Safety Moment
Industry leaders have graciously dedicated their time to engage students on safety awareness in the workplace.
Leaders from across the industry have shared their expertise on safety and skills within different industry trades.
The Academy was able to host visitors of all kinds, from political leaders to industry legends. To all of you who donated your time: we very much appreciate your support of the program and your willingness to share your wisdom with our students. You have made a lasting impression on our students and we are grateful for your help!
2017-18 Interviews
As February 2017 came to a close, interviews for the 2017-18 school year were held at the Academy. We were pleased to meet nearly 300 students and look forward to getting to know 160 new students this Fall. 
Internships
Students were able to participate in short-term internships with the following companies: BL Harbert, Fravert Services, Robins & Morton, Brasfield & Gorrie, Hoar Construction, Marathon Electrical, Bright Future Electric, H & M Mechanical, P & M Mechanical, RJ Mechanical, Ivey Mechanical, Goodgame Company, Cooper Construction, Xcel Masonry and Selective Masonry. We only heard positive feedback from employers and employees alike.
The Academy of Craft Training was featured in AlabamaWorks! in recent months. Read about it here.
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Todd Walker
Mark McCord
Charles Hall
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