The Roofing Alliance announced a three-year commitment of $150,000 to support SkillsUSA initiatives aimed at attracting young talent to the roofing industry.
SkillsUSA plays a crucial role in empowering students to become skilled professionals, career-ready leaders, and responsible community members. With a network representing nearly 400,000 career and technical education students and teachers, SkillsUSA offers pathways to career success through its extensive programs in middle schools, high schools, and college/postsecondary institutions nationwide.
The 2024 Roofing Skills Competition will feature student contestants from 12 states vying for the top spot in the commercial roofing thermoplastic category. Members from the Roofing Alliance and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will showcase their support for career and technical education (CTE) efforts at the 2024 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) "Techspo," taking place from June 24-28, 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia.
NRCA’s CTE Committee is dedicated to enhancing the reputation and participation of the roofing industry in CTE events such as SkillsUSA. Supporting CTE education aligns perfectly with the Roofing Alliance's mission to advance roofing education. This support extends to university-level construction management programs and the annual student competition.
Moreover, all these initiatives incorporate the ProCertification and TRAC programs, both funded and supported by the Roofing Alliance. These CTE efforts not only boost roofing industry exposure for the next generation but also leverage NRCA resources to provide education, foster awareness of roofing professionalism, and highlight career opportunities in the field.
“While it may take a generation for roofing to become fully engaged with CTE, the next five years will be the most important,” stated Roofing Alliance member Rick Damato, Damato Enterprises. “It will require extraordinary efforts and member support to launch our initiatives. The Roofing Alliance funding is phenomenal and critical to ensure our CTE efforts are successful.”