On May 17, in Santa Fe’s Fine Arts Hall, 15 apprentices graduated from the Apprenticeship program sponsored by the Builders Association of North Central Florida (BANCF). Over the past four years, these students have worked full time in the trade for local contractors and attended class two nights a week at the Charles R. Perry Construction Institute.
This fantastic partnership between the college and the Builders Association provides a great opportunity for people wanting to learn a craft trade. Students earn a paycheck working for a BANCF member, and on top of that the employers pay the students’ tuition. This program plays a crucial role in our local development. These fine graduates will go on to be great assets to their company or possibly their own. These graduates will now pass on what they have learned to new employees, and continue to build a strong work force in our area. Let’s congratulate this year’s class, and tomorrow’s future.
Congratulations 2012 Graduates
Kelley L. Bailey, Preston Link Electric Inc.
Matthew L. Hollingsworth, Preston Link Electric Inc.
Kanard E. Bright, Preston Link Electric Inc.
Daniel T. Malinowski, Preston Link Electric Inc.
Ian A. Durrenberger, All Florida Electric, Inc.
Robert L. Parham, Mid-State Inc.
Edward Eaton III, Mid-State Inc.
Tyler Wright, Preston Link Electric, Inc.
Jory A. Grimm, George Grimm Electric Inc.
Heating and Air Conditioning
Jared C. Lewis, Comfort Temp Company
Brian S. Moss, Charles Berg Enterprises
Cody W. Seaburg, Comfort Temp Company
James L. Smith, Facilities Maintenance of Gainesville
John N. Davis, McMahon Builders Inc.
Travis M. Ridgell, Charles Perry Partners Inc. (CPPI)
Also, a special Thanks to our Wonderful Speakers
Keith Perry—State Representative
Matt Webster – President of the Builders Association of North Central Florida, Vice President of Diversified Project Division CPPI
Annette Cornwell—Chair of BANCF Master Trades Committee
President of Blakeland Construction Services
Dr. Jackson Sasser—President of Santa Fe College
Wade Ring – All Florida Electric Co. 4th year electrical instructor
Thanks to Graybar, Bertie Heating and Air Conditioning Inc., Ferguson Enterprises, and Charles Perry Partners Inc. (CPPI) for donating gifts to the graduating apprentices.
Thanks to the BANCF Master Trades Committee and member contractors that believe and sponsor their employees in the apprenticeship program.
Thanks to all the instructors that make this program possible. You not only play a crucial role in the students success in the field, but you teach them to be successful in life, and they will never forget you.
Finally, Thanks to Bob Fetterman and the wonderful staff at the Fine Arts for all your help in making this event a success.