Skanska recognized with national award for improving construction education

Bert Fonseca, center, receives the ACCE Founder’s Award

Selecting us over more than 125 other applicants, the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) has awarded Skanska its 2013 Founder’s Award for having a “profound effect” on construction education during the past year. We were nominated by client Seminole State College of Florida for our Florida’s team extensive involvement with their interior design, construction and engineering technology students, with the application reflecting Skanska’s national activities to bring more people into construction, such as our Construction Management Building Blocks program.

To demonstrate to students the value of a construction career, our team’s Seminole State involvement includes regularly guest lecturing on such topics as codes, scheduling, contracts and marketing; hosting students on projects for tours; providing co-op opportunities; enabling students to shadow our project staff over several days; and hosting a project management simulation game in which students work in teams to experience all of the activities, decision making and outcomes that occur on a construction project.

Sherrie Ondash, senior human resources service coordinator in Florida, even visited campus to guide students about what to say during job interviews and how to write the best resumes.

Seminole State’s program director and dean “are raving fans of Skanska,” said Bert Fonseca, the USA Building project executive who has been spearheading our involvement.

ACCE – the national accrediting body for construction management programs – presented us with a granite plaque in July at their annual meeting in Hartford, Ct. We’re only the second construction company to win this national award, with winners in past years including AGC of Kansas and Construction Career Center in St. Louis.

“Our efforts provide us with an opportunity to meet campus decision makers, and they strongly appreciate that we’re not only interested in building their facilities but also helping their students get enhanced educational experiences and eventually job opportunities,” Fonseca said.

Other Florida USA Building team members involved with Seminole State include Robert Utsey, senior vice president; Gina Wrubel, senior project accountant; John Guirges, senior project manager; Ethan Katz and Erin Joseph, assistant project managers; and Andy Allen, project director.

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  1. Congratulations on earning this prestigious award team! We are setting the standard, making innovations in outreach and hands on education through our commitment to our communities and clients
    Your efforts are paving the way for a bright future for students interested in construction and other careers.
    Skanska is also reaching out to high school students through ACE mentor program and middle schoolers through our volunteer efforts with the National Engineers Week Future City competition.

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