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October 2021: Careers in Construction Month

WHEREAS, Careers in Construction Month is an annual month designated to increase public awareness and appreciation of construction craft professionals and the entire construction workforce; 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 five million individuals in the U.S.; and,


WHEREAS, the construction industry needs one million new craft professionals by 2023; and,


WHEREAS, we are pleased to honor construction craft professionals and the critical role they play in the development of our state; and,


WHEREAS, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) was created by the construction industry to standardize training and enhance the industry's 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 to increase awareness of the positive aspects of careers in the construction industry;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2021 as Careers in Construction Month.