Earlier this year, the Associated General Contractors of America named AGC of Mississippi and Western Summit Constructors the winners of AGC's 2004 National Construction Craft Program Award. The excellence of tomorrow's workforce relies on the dedication of today's training initiatives, the association says, and both of these groups have shown commitment to construction craft training.

AGC of Mississippi was recognized for its Construction Education Foundation and the training it provides to high school students, member firm employees, and individuals in the electrical, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, and sheet metal crafts. Western Summit Constructors in Denver was honored because of its in-house training program featuring the newly implemented Foreman Academy, a career development program designed to develop a strong base of future leaders.

AGC's annual Construction Craft Program Award has been acknowledging unique approaches to craft training for more than 20 years. Applications for the 2005 program can be downloaded at www.agc.org.