NAHB ready to train the next generation of home builders

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I am a big proponent of housing and construction education for our youth, and as an industry, we should all be mentors to those wanting to get into the business of home building.

According to Builder Online, The National Housing Endowment, which provides grants and other financial assistance to colleges offering housing- and construction-related programs and their students, recently launched a new fundraising campaign called “Support Our Future.” The campaign’s goal is to recruit at least 1,000 new donors to support the NAHB Student Chapters program, which currently has more than 4,200 students and faculty participating in 150 chapters across the country.

The Endowment’s efforts include its Housing Education Leadership Program (HELP), which since its launch in 2006 has provided more than $1.2 million in seed grants to 19 colleges, including this year’s recipients, Pennsylvania State University and Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., each of which will receive up to $100,000 over the next five years. The institutions will use that money to create, enhance, or further develop programs within their curricula for construction and related courses.

The Endowment, according to its website, has also handed out more than $10 million through HELP to qualified students who are being trained to become the next generation of home builders. This summer, two college students, Ben Hendershot and Brian Roling, are interning with two builders through the NAHB Residential Construction Internship in Washington, D.C.

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Source: Builder Online

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