by Matt Kleinschmit, HBAL President
“Igniting Our Industry”
With labor shortages bringing new challenges to our profession, HBAL is realizing that their outreach efforts to the youth, parents and advisors of our community are at a pinnacle moment.
Just recently, at the Champions Club, we had a very inspirational General Membership Meeting titled “Igniting our Industry.” During the evening, students and instructors from The Career Academy, SCC-Milford and the University of Nebraska were asked to give a short presentation about their programs, attendance and how they could use our help. It was exciting to listen to these talks as each one of them encouraged us to continue connecting with the youth.
One of the talks came from a UNL professor, Stacy Spale. Stacy gave an inspirational testimony of how HBAL’s Interior & Residential Design Contest helped her realize her love for the Building Industry.
Last month, the Young Building Professionals worked directly with youth from The Lighthouse to refinish their garden pergolas. I am so proud of the group for their exertions in giving back to the community and for introducing the youth to our industry. The Lighthouse after-school program offers middle and high school aged youth academic support, evening meals and enrichment/recreational activities during non-school hours.
Currently, HBAL’s attention to promote the industry can also be seen with interaction within the Lincoln Public School System. Many thanks to the Careers in Construction Committee composed of Denny Van Horn, Taylor Ashburn, Dan Klein, Matt Kinning, Lori Wellman, Marlene Stroup, Pam Magner, Michaela Harrison and myself who are finishing the production on a couple informative videos. These videos feature our very own HBAL members who are sharing experiences from their career path. When completed, these videos will be used in actual classrooms around the city to build awareness of the Building Industry.
During our last board meeting, we challenged ourselves to come up with new innovative ideas on how to include the youth in future HBAL events. The board discussed inviting the SCC-Milford Construction students to join in the Clay Shoot. With the entry fee already covered for these students please consider inviting one or two of these students onto your team.
HBAL understands today’s labor shortage challenges and would like to encourage you to collaborate with us. Please help us to continue looking for ideas to reach the youth and to not become weary in doing so, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest.