Colorado Springs – November 18, 2020 – James Snyder, a PPCC student in the Building and Construction Technology program, won first place for post-secondary institutions in the nationwide "I BUILT THIS" video contest supported by The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).
Snyder's winning entry shows the process of him designing and building a functional and aesthetically amazing pizza oven. View the winning video entry here: https://8b1c8352.wishpondpages.com/ibt-peoples-choice/entries/192976071
The "I BUILT THIS" video contest is designed to promote the value of craft skills and construction as an industry of choice. It also provides an opportunity to showcase outstanding construction projects, from the perspective of trainees, secondary and post-secondary students and instructors, on a national platform.
This is an especially meaningful recognition for Snyder. As a retired veteran, having served 11 years in the U.S. Army, James recently transitioned from military to civilian life. He discovered renewed purpose through the study and skill-development required in the PPCC Masonry program.
"PPCC’s Building and Construction program is designed to give students practical skills that allow them to get to work quickly in a field that continues to grow by leaps and bounds," said Bill Carroll, PPCC masonry instructor. "James is well on his way to becoming a very talented mason and will be a great asset to any company in the Springs area that hires him."
NCCER is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum and assessments with portable credentials and certifications to help develop skilled craft professionals. NCCER provides a comprehensive workforce development system that includes training, assessment, certification and career development solutions for the construction and maintenance industries.
Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers associate degrees, certifications in career and technical fields and three bachelors’ degrees. With three campuses, various off-campus locations, two military education centers, and hundreds of online classes, PPCC provides access to a quality, affordable and flexible education to more than 20,000 students annually with both credit and non-credit classes.