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AGC Receives Local and National Awards Recognizing History of Workforce Development

ALBUQUERQUE – Associated General Contractors of New Mexico is proving at a local and national level that its mission and programs reach well beyond that of a typical commercial construction trade organization. AGC-NM is a member-driven workforce development engine, and two recent awards are recognizing the organization’s far-reaching influence.

1)      AGC is this year’s recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – NM Chapter’s Outstanding Service Organization Award, which recognizes organizations that have gone above and beyond in philanthropic services to the community. The award was presented at the National Philanthropy Day Awards  Banquet on Nov. 13 at the Albuquerque Embassy Suites.

2)      AGC also was recently recognized in Washington, D.C., by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis as a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Innovator and Trailblazer for its tremendous impact on workforce development and, therefore, the economy as a whole. The designation honors organizations for unique and exemplary programs, partnerships and strategies, such as AGC’s Multi-Trade Apprenticeship Program, which have a significant role in creating and training a skilled and diverse workforce for careers, not just jobs.

Though the awards may seem unrelated, they both applaud AGC for its efforts to bring together educators and the business sector. AGC has for years focused on and succeeded at developing a labor pool that meets the needs of the commercial construction industry, ultimately fostering economic growth for the entire state.

AGC was nominated for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – NM Chapter’s Outstanding Service Award by Tony Montfiletto, principal of ACE Leadership High School, a charter school that opened in 2010, in part to help improve drop-out rates. ACE, which specializes in teaching architecture, construction and engineering, was the brainchild of AGC. It educates students through project-based learning, graduating them with meaningful diplomas and placing them in construction careers. AGC continues to be an integral part of the school, working directly with teachers to ensure that what is being taught corresponds to what local businesses need, by evaluating student performance and by providing support for career advancement. ACE targets students who were not finding success or meaning in a traditional public school and re-engages them with both education and the community.

“It’s for kids who have not been able to fit into the APS public school system, … who want to be able to move on to a profession but may not go the traditional path,” said Association of Fundraising Professionals - NM Chapter member Pamela Chavez, who was on the nominations and selection committee for the award.  “These kids have flourished at this school. Their history class might study the architecture of ancient Rome. … In English class, they may read poems of the Iliad. It all ties together and focuses on curriculum that will help them in a career. It’s to get them job-ready to go into AGC’s companies, which are hungry for them. It’s an amazing model.”

AGC’s member companies include some of the largest and best-known construction entities in the state, such as Bradbury Stamm, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Franken Construction, Jaynes Corp., J.B. Henderson Construction, Murphy Builders, Summit Construction, Yearout Mechanical and many more.

AGC has given ACE High School $500,000 + for everything from development to remodeling costs. “They’re really putting their money where their mouths are,” Chavez said.

The federal Trailblazer designation also reflects AGC’s commitment to creating a standard of excellence and innovation for education in construction division programs. Through AGC’s competency-based, Multi-trade Apprenticeship Program, apprentices are placed and advanced based on their skills and willingness to learn beyond the scope of their craft. As an accredited National Center for Construction Education and Research sponsor, AGC offers curriculum through which apprentices may achieve a journey worker certificate. This service is essential to helping New Mexico’s construction workforce adapt to the needs of a changing industry.

“AGC is grateful and honored to have received recognition for its workforce development work,” said CEO Vicki Mora.” “AGC builders have a rich history and commitment to improving the image and profession of construction.

“Many employer groups provide exemplary training for their companies, but, I am not aware of another professional trade group that has strategically looked at recruitment, image and life- long learning the way AGC has. AGC’s proactive approach to the needs of its members has resulted in the creation and implementation of innovative strategies and programs that foster economic growth for the entire state.  This approach has caught the attention of community leaders and is leading to our working in rural New Mexico.”

Other workforce development achievements and programs:

·         AGC funded an Endowed Chair in the Department of Civil Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico and remains involved with the curriculum

·         Public policy programs that affect the state’s economic and workforce development

For more information, call AGC-NM’s CEO, Vicki Mora.

Workforce Development Fact Sheet

The AGC New Mexico of the Associated General Contractors of America is made up of open shop and union commercial building general contractors; specialty contractors; and suppliers of materials, equipment or services to the construction industry.  Membership represents almost 70% of all non-residential public and private building construction each year in New Mexico.  AGC's mission is to solve problems faced collectively by members and enhance professional standards of the commercial construction industry.  Among other activities, the AGC chapter develops programs designed to improve the well-being of the construction industry in New Mexico, with focus on the areas of public policy, workforce solutions and safety excellence.

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