FBA Students Place First and Second in 2023 NAHB Student Competition

A team of students from Bartow Senior High School, a Polk County Public School in
Florida, won first place for their Construction Management presentation at the NAHB Student Design
Competition held during the 2023 NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS). High school students from
Gadsden Technical College in Quincy, Florida landed second place in the 2023 NAHB Student Design
Competition in the Architectural Design category for the high school division.

Both high school teams belong to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Future Builders
of America (FBA) student chapters. FBA is an educational program offered through the Home Builders
Institute (HBI) designed to promote construction trades education to Florida’s youth. For both teams,
this marked their first time participating in a national competition.

“Most of the other NAHB student chapter teams have experience competing on the national stage,” said
Jimmy Giles, who runs the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) program at Bartow High
School. “Since this was our first time participating, I was just hoping we would place. I was speechless
when we placed first.”

“In our rural community, we are trying to expose more students to the benefits and opportunities of the
construction industry,” said Kerwyn Jones-Wilson, advisor to the Gadsden Tech team. “This experience
was invaluable to the students, their hard work paid off.”

During the 2022 Fall semester, students formed teams and prepared written proposals to solve reallife construction management and design problems. The teams then traveled to IBS and presented
their solutions to a judging panel of residential construction industry experts. Competition winners
were announced during the Student Chapters Awards Ceremony at the close of IBS on Wednesday,
February 1, 2023.

“These students had to research the building codes for California…this can be parlayed into real world
experiences should they decide to pursue careers in the construction industry outside of Florida,” said
Cindy Hall, program director for FBA. “It’s amazing how well our students did for their very first national
competition.”

The 2023 NAHB Student Competition coincides with the start of CTE Month, which is held each February
to raise awareness of the importance of career and technical education for students K-12, college and
beyond.

“It is a mistake to think the current housing downturn might ease the shortage of construction workers,”
said HBI president and CEO Ed Brady. “The severe worker shortage is intergenerational and directly
affects housing affordability. Now is the time to invest in technical education programs that close the
skilled labor gap and provide young students with great career paths. I am incredibly proud of these
teams
the PACT curriculum has given them the foundation on which they can build their careers.”

Source: www.phcppros.com

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