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  • ABC, San Diego Community College District partnership provides lifetime of dividends

    Community colleges provide anyone with the desire and drive with the opportunity to achieve their own American Dream through higher education. President Barack Obama understands the critical role that community colleges play in getting our economy back on track, praising the nation’s community colleges for the increasingly vital role they play in creating an educated, competitive American work force.

  • Training the next generation of builders

    As CEO of New Haven Youth & Family Services, a Vista social services agency that provides live-in facilities for at-risk adolescent boys, Doreen Quinn has witnessed the transformation that occurs when troubled teens are engaged in hands-on, project-based learning. Five years ago, when the community asked Quinn to translate her program into a formal learning environment for college or apprenticeship-bound adolescents from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and academic performance levels, her vision for North County Trade Tech High School was born. It became a reality when the San Diego Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), its Apprenticeship Training Trust and other industry leaders got involved.

  • Merit shop training has earned its place in construction industry

    For more than four decades, merit shop training has offered an alternative construction industry education model. From the first programs developed by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), this “different” structure and uniformity proved effective and is now used nationwide.

  • Gould Electric hits major milestone

    Gould Electric, one of the largest merit shops in Southern California, located in Poway, celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2011.

  • Accreditation assures business, career success

    The construction industry has grown more and more complex. Change comes quickly and industry standards must keep pace. Therefore, training programs must stay current to meet the demand for a more skilled work force. Gauging a training program’s ability to provide quality education can be difficult for contractors looking to hire the most highly trained professionals. This is where accreditation through a nationally recognized program is vital.

  • Slow progress seen for construction industry in 2011

    The Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) 2011 economic forecast for the U.S. commercial and industrial construction industry offers hopeful news for several segments of the construction industry.

  • Big payoffs for San Diego businesses at ABC BizCon summit

    Leaders in San Diego’s construction industry joined nearly 400 of their colleagues in Orlando, Fla., in February to participate in BizCon 2011, a construction business summit sponsored by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The program provided a forum for executives to exchange ideas and examine a range of strategic topics that impact their businesses and the industry.

  • Stewardship: Our never-ending commitment to corporate responsibility

    Downturns as severe as the current recession force many companies to confront extremely tough business decisions. It’s at these “moments of truth” that customers, employees, competitors and others are watching closely to see that a company’s actions match their stated values and commitments on issues of corporate social responsibility. The stakes are high. But farsighted companies will recognize these times as a great opportunity to show leadership, build their reputations and create stronger bonds with their customers and employees.

  • Founded on fairness: The ABC story

    Founded on the merit shop philosophy, which seeks protection for contractors to operate on a level playing field in a free market, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 24,000 merit shop contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and construction-related professionals in 79 chapters across the United States, including San Diego County.

  • NAVFAC partners with ABC for apprenticeship training

    One year ago, Jesus De La Pena looked around at the tradespeople working for the Naval Engineering Facilities Command (NAVFAC) in San Diego and realized the seasoned work force of mostly baby boomers would soon start retiring.

  • Take the FirstSTEP in 2011 with ABC

    ABC San Diego works with its members to continuously advance safety and training efforts. The Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) developed by ABC provides contractors with a valuable road map to advance their safety practices.

  • ABC apprentice craft champions head to national competition

    San Diego County has more than one set of champions in nationwide competition this spring. Three construction craft champions will represent San Diego Associated Builders and Contractors at the ABC National Craft Championships, held at the ABC National Education Convention & Expo in April in San Antonio, Texas. This prestigious competition brings together the top apprentices and trainees in the country who vie to be named “No. 1” in each of 13 trades.

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Training to Build - 2005

This annual report, sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego, explores the current avenues and opportunities available in the construction field, including local trade schools and apprenticeship programs.

Training to Build - 2004

From local trade schools to apprenticeship programs, find out the numerous educational efforts that are currently in place in this special report, which is sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.