April 14, 2011


Go Build Alabama Presentation April 26

Northeast Alabama Community College will host a Go Build Alabama presentation on Tuesday, April 26 from 3 to 4 pm in the Health Education Building Room 106. Go Build Alabama is a campaign launched to recruit young people for skilled construction trade jobs.

Presenters include Dr. Tim Alford, Executive Director of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute and Jason Phelps, Construction Industry Liaison/Assistant Director of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute.

Alford was recently named the founding Executive Director of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute, an industry-funded initiative to enhance the image of skilled construction workers and to recruit new and transitioning workers into construction career pathways. He is a native of Samson, Alabama and attended Auburn University, where he received a bachelor’s, a master’s, and doctoral degree. He was the founding Executive Director of the Enterprise Economic Development Corporation, which is a public-private partnership that provides leadership for the economic development of three Alabama counties. Alford is a past member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Economic Development Association of Alabama. He chaired the EDAA Workforce Development Committee during its formation. He also served on the State WIB during three administrations. He is a graduate of Leadership Alabama.

Phelps joined the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute in May of 2010. Prior to joining the Institute he served as the Director of Workforce Development and Education with the Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors (MABC). In this role, he began to implement the association’s workforce development strategic plan goals, as well as, managing the education department. Phelps is a graduate of Auburn University where he received a bachelor’s degree. He is an NCCER certified Master Trainer, an OSHA Authorized Outreach Instructor, and EPA Certified Renovator. He has served on the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation Apprenticeship Council and as Secretary of the Mississippi Energy and Industrial Construction Consortium.

To learn more about skilled trade careers, find information about training programs and more, go to The website database helps to track students’ interest in skilled construction trades and identify which jobs will be the most in demand. Hundreds of trades can be searched online. Each trade overview features a list of the skills and interests that are ideal for that specialty, plus a list of similar trades worth exploring. Salary comparisons and an assessment of how many jobs may be available in the future are provided. Self-assessment quizzes that assess personality, interests and career goals to help determine the types of trade desired are available. Almost everything needed to get trained and get to work can be found. At the bottom of each trade’s page a list of contact information for apprenticeships and community colleges can be found.

“At a time when jobs are hard to come by and job security is phenomenally scarce, today’s news for you is that there are likely to be great jobs available in the future in skilled trade construction work,” said Alford. “These jobs will provide you with a secure future and allow you to provide for your family. They will also give you the opportunity to be involved in the building of essential infrastructure such as roads, power plants, office towers, schools, churches, transportation centers, health care facilities and more as our state continues to grow.”

Sherry Whitten, Director of the College and Career Planning Center, added, “Northeast Alabama Community College has many opportunities for students to receive training for skilled trade careers. Our Industrial Systems Technology programs can provide training for many of the jobs in this field. We are excited for the leaders of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute to visit NACC and to share information about opportunities in this industry.”

The public is cordially invited to attend this presentation. For more information, contact Sherry Whitten, Director of the College and Career Planning Center at NACC, by email at or by phone at college extension 315.