George Hess, chairman of the Home Builders Institute (HBI), Colorado Springs Housing & Building Association (CSHBA) Workforce Development Committee chair and Vantage Homes Founder and CEO, and HBI President and CEO, John A. Courson, with the HBI Board of Trustees, presented the HBI Government Service Award to the U.S. Army’s Solider for Life program at a ceremony Sept. 6, in Washington. D.C.
The HBI Government Service Award recognizes the accomplishments of a government entity that has significantly addressed the needs of their constituent by working with HBI to advance and provide education, career development, training and placement of men and women serving the building industry.
The Solider for Life program networks with the community at large to shape education, employment, and health policies, programs and/or services on behalf of soldiers, army veterans and their families. Colonel Sam Whitehurst, director of Solider for Life program, accepted the award on behalf of the program.
HBI, with the support of the Solider for Life program, launched its Pre-Apprenticeship Training program in 2015 to train transitioning soldiers in the construction trades for careers in the building industry. The program provides training in carpentry, tiling, framing, roofing and drywall areas.
Today, the program is located at five U.S. Army installations, including Fort Stewart, Fort Bragg, Fort Bliss, Fort Hood and Fort Carson. In mid-August, HBI’s training program held its first cohort at Fort Carson, Colorado.