Contact: Jimmy Greene (989) 832-8879  
jgreene@abcgmc.org
For Immediate Release
September 24, 2013 

Midland, MI - Associated Builders and Contractors – Greater Michigan Chapter (ABC/GMC) is pleased to announce receiving a $50,000 grant through the Midland Area Community Foundation. 

The ABC Cares… Filling the Gap initiative will address several community needs including the Shortfall in poverty related learning and educational achievement and insufficient career technical educational opportunities for secondary students, non-traditional students and the working poor.

The purpose of the grant is addressing the increasing gap between those adults with limited or no compatible skills to meet job opening demands in the near future in skilled trades. ABC/GMC’s training facility Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA) will train
opportunities for career growth in the construction industry through a job skills and life skills curriculum that will serve as a direct pipeline into member companies and area industry leaders companies. Providing such programs is important to both the learner and the construction industry to create knowledgeable employees and achieve a safe work environment.

GMCA has developed an aggressive training program designed to complement the educational initiatives and students of ETC
(Education Training Center) and County Schools in job preparation into the Skilled Trades (11 trades currently offered) working with existing member companies and industry leaders on job placement. The Core program is traditionally a 1 year program but the intent is to fast track the program into 8-10 weeks with the pathway to employment, continued learning and apprenticeships as the desired outcomes.

ABC Craft Training is certified by NCCER and recognized by the Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship Training (DOL/BAT).

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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 77 chapters representing 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms across the United States. The member businesses have joined together to advance the construction industry by supporting the philosophy of merit shop construction and the free enterprise system. You can learn about ABC National at www.abc.org. ABC Greater Michigan Chapter serves a membership spanning 23 counties. ABC/GMC provides craft and professional education, up-to-date industry communication, legislative representation, as well as affinity programs and packages. For more information contact us at 989.832.8879 or www.abcgmc.org.