WHEREAS, Careers in Construction Month is designated to increase public awareness and appreciation of construction craft professionals and the construction workforce as a whole; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, 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 5 million individuals in the United States; and,
WHEREAS, the construction industry is in need of 1.5 million new craft professionals by 2019; and,
WHEREAS, we are pleased to honor construction craft professionals and the critical role they play in the development of Michigan; and,
WHEREAS, The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) was created by the construction industry to standardize training and enhance the industry image 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,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2017 as Careers in Construction Month in Michigan.