The Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), was awarded the Home Builders Institute (HBI) Local Community Service Award at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas. HBI is a national leader in career training through certification programs, pre-apprenticeship training and job placement services to prepare students with the skills and experience they need for careers in the building industry.
Retiring HBI CEO John Courson, presented the award to GHBA CEO Casey Watts Morgan (pictured below). GHBA was honored for its efforts in establishing the HBI carpentry school in Acres Home in Houston.
The Local Community Service Award honors an organization that has made a significant contribution to the local community. The recipient has worked with HBI students and graduates to fulfill a need in the community to support and/or resolve a social issue for a group of people or individuals.
“The GHBA is honored to receive this recognition and is excited to continue our vocational training partnership with HBI,” said Morgan. “The GHBA members have made the commitment to continue growing a trained building workforce for the local industry.”
Each year, HBI trains thousands of individuals in brick masonry, carpentry, electrical wiring, building construction technology, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, painting and plumbing.
In June 2018, HBI in partnership with the GHBA and Norbord, officially opened the first construction trades training program in Acres Home in Houston, Texas. The program launched the first 12-week training program at no cost to students. The first 14 graduating students have since begun preparing for careers in the construction trades to address the labor shortage in the industry and help in the rebuilding of Houston post-Hurricane Harvey.