Due to the cancellation of the in-person NAWIC Annual Convention, NEF will be offering its Construction Industry Technician (CIT) review class virtually. This class will be taught by NEF Vice President, Melanie Myers, on Tuesday, August 11th. Please visit the NEF website to sign up for the virtual class. Watch for promotional information for the time or check the NEF website for updates. Testing can be scheduled for immediately after the review session or anytime within the two year period from the date of program purchase.
NEF will also hold its Arm’s Length Raffle Extravaganza this year during NAWIC’s virtual conference. Details will be released soon on how to purchase your tickets and place them in a “bag” for each item you wish to take a chance on. As a reminder, donations can be made to your Ladder Club account and designated for the purchase of raffle items. As a clarification, a donation to your Ladder Club for the purchase of raffle items is not equivalent to purchasing raffle tickets.
Congratulations to the 2020 Carol A Kueker Construction Education Visionary Winner, Ellyn A. Lester. Ellyn was among 12 candidates who were submitted for this award. As a Teaching Associate Professor of Construction Management, Ellyn Lester also serves as the Director of Built Environment Programs and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies for the Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering Department. During her tenure, the Construction Management and Construction Engineering and Management masters programs have seen tremendous growth, starting in the mid-20s in 2014 to their current enrollment of more than 120 students. For more information on the winner, and a complete list of finalists and previous winners, go the Information Tab on the NEF website.
This year’s Design Drafting program tasked participants with designing a Visitor Center for the USS Cod Submarine Memorial in Cleveland, OH. An awards ceremony will be held at the site on July 10th to honor the winners. I am looking forward to attending this event and touring the submarine memorial. Winning entries can be found on the K-12, College tab on the website.
Keep your eye on your inbox and NEF’s website for more details regarding this year’s NEF virtual events for NAWIC’s Annual Conference.
Wendy Jarred, CBT, CCA, CDS, CIT, EIT, LEED AP BD+C
NEF President 2019 – 2020
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NEF Public Trustee
My name is Kimberly Hahr and I am the current Strategic Partnerships Manager for the Maryland Center for Construction Education & Innovation (MCCEI) as well as the Affiliate Director for the ACE Mentor Program of Baltimore. In my joint role I focus on bringing industry and education partners together to promote the vast array of opportunities the built environment industry has to offer. Specifically, my work at the ACE Mentor Program of Baltimore focuses on exposing high school students to these opportunities and helping them build connections throughout the industry. The growth of education opportunities for today’s youth, as it relates to the built environment, is not only important to fill the growing shortages within the industry, but also to allow young professionals the opportunity to enter into a rewarding career path that they may not have explored otherwise.
Workforce development and education are two aspects of the industry that I am very passionate about, so when the President of MCCEI presented the opportunity to serve as a Trustee for the NAWIC Education Foundation, I was thrilled! While I am fairly new to the role as NEF Trustee, I am enthusiastic to help push the mission forward through the goals for the remainder of 2020 and beyond!
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