Contact: Linda Bishop
lbishop@abcgmc.org 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January, 2014 - Midland, MI 

Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA) will be holding its 2014 local craft competition on Saturday January 25th.

Competitors will complete a one hour written exam and a three hour project performance test. The competitors are judged in areas critical to the success of any construction trade project: safety, quality of workmanship; layout of project, use of materials, assembly of
components, sequence of project, ability to follow instructions, ability to complete in a timely manner, and accuracy.

Ten (10) students from GMCA will be competing. Becky Mason, an employee at Valley Electrical Contractors and a 3rd year Electrical student at GMCA has qualified to compete. Becky will stand side-by-side against the men in her field showing everyone that women are just as qualified to work in the construction trades.

According to the National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) women comprise as little as 9% of the construction workforce today. With construction related jobs accounting for nearly 66% of all jobs in the US* the room for growth is staggering. The construction industry is projected to grow 10.2% from 2006-2016* making skilled trades training a wonderful career option for either
gender.
*nawic.org                                      

"We are proud to hold this competition again this year and show our supporters and the community how well we do what we do." Said, Travis Finney, Event Chairman. “As an employee of Valley Electrical myself, I can say that we are all very proud of Becky and her accomplishments. She is an outstanding employee and extremely good at what she does.”

The Craft Championship Competition is sponsored by ABC Greater Michigan and its membership. Competitors are selected from the students of the Greater Michigan Construction Academy based on qualifying competition scores. The top qualifiers in each area are invited to compete nationally. Students that qualify for the ABC National Competition will join the nearly 1,500 men and women who have competed in one of the construction industries most recognized and respected craft skills events. ABC Greater Michigan is proud to have produced 20 national medal winners within the last 15 years.

For more information on the National Craft Championships visit  www.nationalcraftchampionships.com

The competition portion of the event will begin at 9am on January 25 and be completed by noon. Home Depot will be set up with a children’s craft area. If you or someone you know is interested in pursuing a career in the skilled trades this is a wonderful way to get an idea of what opportunities are available. Please join us!