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To kick off the new partnership, was launched in 2016, and customized promotional materials were sent to more than as those seeking a four-year degree. Currently, the BYF scholarship program has more than $350,000 in funds designated to be awarded over 1,000 Indiana high schools. Along with these materials, customized presentations, videos, and career day resources were also created for Build Your Future Indiana to pro-mote in schools, meetings, confer-ences, and career days across the state. In the few short months since Build Your Future Indiana was creat-ed, the customized TV commercials have been viewed 1.1 million times, and a Build Your Future Indiana magazine was published. As a result of the promotion for Build Your Fu-ture Indiana, the partnership met its initial goal of reaching 20,000 people months in advance. “The partnership between Build Your Future and the Indiana Con-struction Roundtable Foundation is yielding great results in Indiana,” said Ali Brown, executive director of the Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation. “We are able to meet a need in the construction industry by connecting schools with student-friendly promotional materials and industry ambassadors. The results so far have been amazing, and we are only getting started.” mer Education Foundation, AGC’s Education and Research Foundation, and Folds of Honor for scholarships to individuals pursuing career op-portunities in the construction industry. “The idea of providing scholar-ships to craft and technical stu-Students dents has created an opportunity operate crane to expand our scholarship pro-simulators at gram, which previously focused CEF of North entirely on undergraduate and texas’ inaugural graduate students,” said Melinda Construction Patrician, director of AGC’s Edu-Career Day cation and Research Foundation. event in 2011. “The BYF scholarship has given us a chance to hit the ground run-ning and emphasize that we are part of the solution to the work-force shortage.” For nearly 20 years, BYF has remained committed to promot-ing construction careers at all levels. the course of five years. BYF funds From local career fairs to statewide the scholarship program through promotional campaigns to national interest earnings from NCCER’s re-scholarship programs, BYF is help-serve fund and contributions from ing to build a sustainable pipeline of fundraising events. through Build your Furture indiana, customized promotional materials were sent to more than 1,000 indiana high schools. ByF Scholarship Program A national BYF scholarship pro-gram was established in 2014 to pro-vide individuals pursuing construc-tion careers the same opportunities Last year, 54 students received $76,000 worth of BYF scholarships through Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated Gen-eral Contractors of America (AGC), Folds of Honor Foundation, Human Resources Construction Council, SkillsUSA, and Southeastern Con-struction Owners and Associates Roundtable. Through the BYF schol-arship program, $20,000 is donated annually for five years to ABC’s Trim-craft professionals into the construc-tion industry. This article has been republished with permission and was originally published in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of The Cornerstone magazine at community-builders/item/205-build-your-future-promotes-construction-careers-at-the-local-state-and-national-levels. 22 tech directions ◆ May 2017

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