On Thursday, October 30, 2014, the Masonry Education Foundation's Julio Vazquez (Apprentice Coordinator) and Deb Bartolucci (Marketing & Education) attended the 100 Black Men of South Florida's 4th Annual Career Fair & College Expo at the Miami Dade Fairgrounds. The event was well attended with over 4000 area high school students bused in from around the county. The students had been prepped by the 100 Black Men of South Florida organization as part of their mentoring program, and brought their resumes, SAT scores and a professional attitude in hopes to impress the colleges, trade schools and area employers in attendance. The MEF interviewed several current NCCER pre-apprentice candidates and consequently has a new list of potential masonry apprentices for the Miami program that is held at William H. Turner Technical Arts High School. For more information, please contact Julio Vazquez Julio@masonryeducation.org or Deb Bartolucci email@example.com
Just the Facts: Governor Rick Scott
Hard Hats for Governor Scott
On Friday Night October 10, 2014, at Veterans Field in Saint Augustine, the Menendez High School Football team defeated Nease 36 to 23, to win the Masonry Industry Veterans Trophy (A Golden Trowel).
Menendez came back from a 23 to 0 deficit in the half to winning the game 36 to 23. Menendez and Nease are crosstown Rivals they have been playing for the Masonry Industry Veterans Trophy six years with Nease taking home the golden trowel from 2009 -2013. Menendez has won the trophy in 2013 and now in 2014.
This game is dedicated to the North Florida Veterans past and present and to the First Responders in North Florida. This year’s game was dedicated to Katie Jones, a member of the Sparkler Cheerleader Squad who passed away before school started this year. Katie attended both Nease and Menendez and was on both Cheerleading Squads.
The Masonry Industry Veterans Trophy was presented to the Captains of Menendez football team on the fifty yard line at the end of the game by Lt. Colonel Mike Beville Retired. Colonel Beville has presented the trophy all six years. ( Mike is a retired masonry instructor and helps the masonry industry with education of young masons)
The game was well attended and everyone stayed for the presentation of the Golden Trowel Trophy. Congratulations to both teams, and good job to Menendez on their victory. For more information:: Al Herndon firstname.lastname@example.org 904-838-6531
Construction Workers in Short Supply
Contractors are having difficulty finding craft workers such as carpenters and electricians, now that the industry is recovering from the downturn, the Associated General Contractors of America said Wednesday in a new report.
Only 11 contractors in Florida were represented in AGC's survey of about 1,000 contractors nationwide, but the problem is not a new one. The contractors association identified a growing shortage in 2013. FULL STORY >
The Concrete Coalition, including MAF, FC&PA and FICAP proudly supports Rick Scott for governor. Let's Keep Florida Working!
U.S. Skills Gap
The skills gap in the United States is a growing crisis for our nation. Our friends at WorkBoots.com developed the Infographic below to illustrate the problem.
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