William Smyth

Smyth is chief financial officer of Sherwood Mechanical and chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego Apprenticeship Training Trust board of trustees. For more information visit

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Some 50 proud apprentices and craft trainees celebrated the culmination of many years of hard work, graduating with their apprenticeship and trainee certificates this month from the Associated Builders and Contractors Apprenticeship Training program in San Diego, as proud family and friends looked on.

High school seniors in San Diego and across the United States are nervously waiting for word from colleges and universities to find out whether they have been accepted to the colleges of their choice.

After several lean budget years in California, Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed 2015-2016 budget contained good news for education, especially for career education programs aimed at putting adult learners on strong career paths.

More than half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions. It seems natural at the end of a year and the beginning of a new one to make a pledge to pursue healthier or more productive habits. There is no reason construction professionals shouldn’t take advantage and set positive goals for 2015. Here are a few New Year’s resolutions worth consideration by members of our industry whether you are a CEO, owner, skilled craft professional, or brand new construction apprentice just starting a career.

All parents want their children to be happy and successful in life. That vision usually includes pursuing a fulfilling career that pays a good salary. But we ask our kids to choose a career path with very little information.

Gender-based disparities in pay between men and women persist despite efforts by many people in business and politics, including President Barack Obama, to improve them. This stubborn pay gap isn’t closing as fast as anyone would like.

Labor Day celebrations honoring the nation’s workers have been tempered over the past few years because of our sluggish economy.

Thousands of young Americans and their proud family members and friends celebrated their graduation from colleges and universities last month. For many, especially those who are the first to graduate from college in their family, it is one of life’s milestones.

Communities rely on construction craft professionals to build homes, workplaces and roads, and to maintain infrastructure systems used every day.

New legislation helps make employee investments less taxing for business

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