The Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (MABC) and the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) recently awarded Fred Jackson as MABC/MCEF High School Craft Instructor of the Year.
Jackson is a Construction Trades Instructor at Alcorn Career & Technology Center. Richard Turner, Director at Alcorn Career and Technology Center, commented that Mr. Jackson has an excellent rapport with his students and possesses a fantastic work ethic that he passes to his students.
"This is one of the most rewarding experiences of my educational career is helping students aquire the skills that will benefit them throughout their life," Jackson said. "Helping these students find a skilled career pathway has been one of the most fulfilling and rewarding adventures of my career. I would like to thank the Alcorn School District for giving me the opportunity to work with these students."
The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) is the leader in construction training in Mississippi. The non-profit foundation was formed by a coalition of construction trade association to administer a construction school-to-work program and provide training opportunities to the industry throughout the state. MCEF has more than two hundred apprentices enrolled in the programs as well as working with individual company training programs and more than 4,500 in high school and career and technical education centers.
"We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Jackson," said Turner. "He is an excellent shop teacher who works well with us at the center ... he is a great asset and the students think a lot of him."
"I love what I do," added Jackson. "There is nothing like seeing kids grow as you teach them."
The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Inc. is a national, non-profit construction trade association. It is the only association of its kind that unites and serves all building trades. The Mississippi Chapter was granted its charter in 1973 at the request of contractors in the state that agreed with the Merit Shop Philosophy which ABC promotes.
ABC is the fastest growing commercial construction trade association in America, operating through almost 24,000 nationwide member firms. The Mississippi Chapter of ABC is the largest trade association of its kind in the state, and the largest ABC chapter in the nation.