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WHEREAS, Careers in Construction Month is an annual celebration designed to increase public awareness and appreciation of construction craft professionals and the entire construction workforce; and
WHEREAS, employers, associations, and schools are encouraged to conduct job fairs, panel discussions, and local community events to inform students of the vast employment opportunities in construction; and
WHEREAS, the construction industry is one of our nation’s largest industries, employing more than five million individuals in the United States; and
WHEREAS, by 2021, it is estimated that the construction industry will need 1.5 million new craft professionals; and
WHEREAS, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), a non-profit organization, was created by industry professionals to standardize training and enhance the image of the construction industry by promoting the hard work and dedication of our nation’s craft professionals; and
WHEREAS, the mission of NCCER’s “Build Your Future” initiative is to narrow the skills gap by guiding America’s youth and displaced workers into opportunities that lead to long-term rewarding careers in construction; and
WHEREAS, Careers in Construction Month is a wonderful opportunity to recognize dedicated construction professionals and the critical role they play in the development of the Commonwealth of Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2018 as CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.