Houston’s Construction Career Days receives first time scholarships

On October 30 through November 1, 2001 the second annual Greater Houston Construction Career Days event at the Humble Civic Center Arena educated over 4500 local area students to the opportunities in construction. The local construction industry presented various aspects of the industry through competitions, exhibits, displays, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

For the first time, one-thousand dollar ($1000) scholarships will be awarded to five winning high school seniors to continue their technical education in construction related fields, such as electrical, asphalt, safety, management, heavy equipment, plumbing, accounting, and design. There are 300,000 construction-related jobs available nationwide. However, the Houston area is the only region expanding in construction at this time.

Tara Hart, CEO of The Compliance Alliance, donates the scholarships on behalf of the Build-A-Future Foundation. The Compliance Alliance (TCA) launched the Build-A-Future Foundation in early 2001. It is a non-profit corporation whose mandate is to provide families who have lost a parent or spouse in a construction work-related accident with scholarship money for continuing education to rebuild their lives. The Build-A-Future Foundation awards scholarships to the legal spouse and natural children, step-children, adopted children and legal guardian children of persons who were either killed in a construction work-re1ated accident, or who lived through a construction work-related accident but suffered catastrophic injuries. Scholarship recipients whose area of study is aimed at entry into the construction industry are entitled to larger awards.

When workplace fatalities touched her life in a personal way, Tara Hart, CEO of The Compliance Alliance, a provider of innovative health and safety programs to commercial builders across the country, set out with the construction workers who believed in her to change the way safety is managed in this hazardous, and global line of work. Afler loosing several personal friends in fatal work-site accidents, Tara Hart decided more had to be done.

She has devoted a career to educating the blue-collar construction workers and their employers on inventive safety procedures to save more lives, lower insurance costs, and instill a feeling of worth among workers. “We are forging a crusade to bring a standard of safety practices to every work-site in America in order that more lives be saved and there is a better understanding of accident prevention.

The Greater Houston Construction Career Days’ scholarships will empower the next generation to receive an education that includes strict safety awareness and training,” states Hart.

“The Compliance Alliance has helped to raise the bar nationally for the Construction Career Days event to an entirely new level and we are delighted with Ms. Hart’s vision and generous contribution, states Al Mikolas. Chairman of the Greater Houston Career Days Committee and regional human resource director for Baker Concrete.

For more information on the Build-A-Future-Foundation and the Construction Career Days scholarships call TCA at 713-263-7661.