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KBE Awards $13,000 in Scholarships

Farmington, CT  For a fifth year, KBE Building Corporation has awarded scholarships to 13 graduating students from the Connecticut Technical High School system, with the hopes of encouraging the state’s youth to pursue careers in the construction industry. To date, KBE has awarded $84,000 to 112 of the state’s technical high school seniors.

This year’s awards totaled $13,000. The funds will help the students pay for the costs of post-high school education programs in the pursuit of a construction career. These programs can include training programs in carpentry, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing trades, certification classes for state licensure, as well as two- and four-year degree programs in construction management.

Robert Dunn, Esq., senior vice president of KBE Building Corporation, says construction in Connecticut and across the nation “is facing a dire shortage of qualified workers, from trade craftworkers to construction project managers and superintendents.”

This year’s scholarship recipients include Alexander Valencia, Joshua Giron, Michael Rigo, Corinthian Foulks, and Felix Leb from J.M. Wright Technical High School; Jarred Gionfriddo and Matthew Lundeen from Emmett O’Brien Tech; Kyla Atwood, Harvard Ellis Tech.; Marisa Shiland, Henry Abbott Tech.; Isaiah Rodriguez, A.I. Prince Tech.; Jordan Furey, Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Tech.; Jason Folcik, E.C. Goodwin Tech.; and Chloe LaBissoniere, H.C. Wilcox Tech.

“At KBE, we believe we have a responsibility to encourage young women and men to pursue construction careers and help ensure a solid workforce for the future. One challenge is convincing students and their families that a construction career can be highly rewarding, both financially and personally,” explains Dunn.

KBE Building Corporation first awarded scholarships to students from Connecticut Technical High School System in 2014 as part of the firm’s “50 Ways to Make a Difference” philanthropic initiative.