NEF’s motto is “Educating the construction industry today…and tomorrow”. To do this we offer K-12 and Adult Construction Industry Education programs.
The Block Kids program is open to grades K-6 and utilizes interlocking building blocks, along with three of these four items – a small rock, string, aluminum foil and poster board. Participants create their project and are asked a series of questions about their project. Local winners go to the Regional competition and Regional winners move on to the National competition.
The Design Drafting program has two levels – high school and college. This year’s students were tasked with designing a Visitor Center for the USS Cod Submarine Memorial in Cleveland, OH. Winners have been announced and their projects can be viewed on the NEF website.
We continue to provide quality Adult Construction Industry Education for anyone interested in furthering their knowledge. These programs are designed for you to study at your own pace and offer the advantage of testing from anywhere you choose, as long as you have a connection to the internet. NEF will be hosting a CIT review class and test session at Annual Conference. Please contact the NEF office to sign up.
NEF also chooses to recognize individuals for their passion and dedication to NEF programs and the promotion of construction education by awarding the Carol A. Kueker Construction Visionary Award. This year 12 nominations were received. The winner will be announced on June 15th and the award presented at Annual Conference.
NEF is an IRS 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and relies on donations to continue our mission of educating the construction industry today…and tomorrow. Due to Forum cancellations from COVID-19, Regions were not able to hold their NEF fundraisers. Therefore, I ask that you consider making a donation to your Ladder Club account. As a reminder, donations for Annual Conference raffle items can be made through your Ladder Club account as well. Remember to note on your check that it is for Annual Conference raffle items. We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity and also provide higher valued prizes at Annual Conference.
As our country continues to work through this pandemic and reopen, I hope that you stay safe and healthy.
Wendy Jarred, CBT, CCA, CDS, CIT, EIT, LEED AP BD+C
NEF President 2019 – 2020
NEF Spotlight Corner
My name is Cathy Tyler and I am a lifelong resident of Florida. Twenty years ago I started working for NCCER, a not-for-profit construction education foundation. My adult career has been centered around construction, education and industry-recognized credentials. I love it!! When the seat on the board of NEF was offered as another NCCER individual transitioned into retirement, I was excited to take on this role. NEF has very similar goals of providing construction awareness, educational opportunities and credentials to individuals involved in the construction industry. This seemed like a natural fit for me.
I am excited about the goals NEF has set for 2020. Focusing on how we strengthen our current partnerships…how we build new partnerships…and through these promote NEF and our offerings to industry and education. So much great work has already been completed on the courses, moving them into a digital format, releasing a new system for testing etc. There is so much to promote! And so many great opportunities for the future. The board is made up of energized, passionate and talented people…I can’t wait to see the plans and outcomes from the work that is currently in progress.
I am honored to take part in this foundation. I encourage you to discover more about NEF, take part in it’s educational offerings, and get more involved at your local level.
Have you checked out the NEF Digital Bookstore?!? What are you waiting for?!? NEF courses are now available in hardcover and e-book formats. Start your educational journey today! https://nefedu.directfrompublisher.com/
NEF is recognized as a quality education provider by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).
NEF is solely funded by donations and sponsorships so your contributions will continue to assist in the efforts to provide quality construction education.
Did you join NEF’s Ladder Club of Success yet? Get started today. Contact NEF’s office for details.