Executive Officer Robin Wallace with the Greater Columbus Home Builders Association (GCHBA) joins the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio podcast to discuss the Columbus housing market. On the All About Real Estate segment, Wallace sits down with host Carol Morgan to chat about their unique Careers in Construction program and how to get involved in the community.
Originally from Illinois, Wallace grew up in a small farming community where she lived a sheltered life that began her passion for workforce development. Wallace earned a degree in mass communications, started her career in radio and worked within the broadcasting industry for over 15 years. In 2003, Wallace became the marketing director of the Columbus Civic Center – where she managed and directed several events. Later, she became an executive officer at the Greater Columbus HBA in 2019 after being approached by a builder who encouraged her to apply!
Wallace said, “I feel the Greater Columbus HBA is exactly where I need to be…I love the amazing people and association I get to work with!”
The Greater Columbus HBA has developed Careers in Construction, a workforce development program designed for the younger generation interested in careers in the homebuilding industry. Although the GCHBA focuses on fifth graders, the Careers in Construction program is adaptable for kindergarten through 12th grade and can be used by any school district in the country. The development program provides an exploration day for students to discover jobs in engineering, architecture, interior design, electrical and other areas within the industry. Ensuring each student involved is interested and eager to learn about the homebuilding industry, teachers and academic advisors pair fifth graders interested in careers in construction with students from Columbus State University and a local high school program.
After the exploration day, students are assigned to write an essay on what they learned about careers in construction. The academic advisors partner with the elementary English teachers to help students write and edit their work. Once the students finish their essays, they are given another assignment to create an illustration representing their writings. After final edits, the Greater Columbus HBA created a hard copy book detailing the student’s projects.
Wallace said, “The more you expose the students to careers in construction, the more they will remember.”
For additional information on the Careers in Construction program and other happenings at the Greater Columbus HBA, follow along on Facebook and Instagram at @GreaterColumbusHBA.
Tune into the full interview above to learn more about the Greater Columbus Home Builders Association or visit www.GreaterColumbusHBA.com.
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