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Career Fair

Operating a mini excavator is commonplace for professionals on a construction job site, but for teenagers watching up close, it’s an exciting window into a rewarding career. Exposing local students to job opportunities in the skilled trades was one of the reasons why the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem (HBAWS) partnered with the Winston-Salem Chamber Construction Industry Council’s Construction Career Fair last fall. The event featured more than 40 local employers that provided hands-on learning experiences in fields such as masonry, diesel mechanics and interior design.

“The Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem proudly serves on the Winston-Salem Chamber Construction Council partnering on the regional Construction Career Fair every other year, as well as attending career fairs at local high schools,” said Beverly Kiser-Nutt, director of communications and member services, HBAWS. “HBAWS and the Chamber share the same vision for educating students about careers in the construction trades, increasing awareness in the community and finding a solution for the shortage of workers in the industry. The collaboration with the Chamber has provided us with a broader reach and more resources to address the issues and work together for the success of all of our members.”

More than 1,500 high school students in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) and surrounding area attended the two-day Construction Career Fair at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Most of the students who attended are currently enrolled in WS/FCS Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes. The district’s CTE program provides a pipeline into higher education and employment opportunities in the skilled trades and has a 100% graduation rate among seniors taking four or more CTE credits.

“I feel like this is really good help for us seniors, especially for some that aren’t sure what they are passionate in or know what they want to do after high school…[now] if you don’t know what you want to do, this is a great possibility,” said participant Nicolas Vazquez-Segovia to Spectrum News.

In addition to real-world job scenarios, the Construction Career Fair participants were provided with information on the educational opportunities available at regional schools to earn the degree or certificate required for each industry. According to the Winston-Salem Chamber, the construction industry tops $17 billion in North Carolina, and many jobs are in high demand. Various careers in the skilled trades are expected to grow by 5,000-15,000 new jobs over the next 10 years, according to North Carolina Department of Commerce employment data.

For more information on how to jump start workforce development programs in your area, contact Greg Zick.

The Power of PWB

Power of PWB The Winston-Salem, North Carolina chapter of Professional Women in Building support local women serving in various ways in the community.

In the fall of 2019, PWB W-S makes a bold presence at the Construction Career Days expo for local high school students. Our booth attracts young women who have an eye for design and who would like to in those moments put together a possible layout for a blank space. PWB W-S affirms their vision and helps them think outside of a traditional box and inside their own ideas.Pearls of Wisdom.

In January 2020, PWB of Winston-Salem, North Carolina began working on “Connecting the Dots” in the community. This time during our monthly meetings is filled with many things: what’s going on in people’s lives, needs around the community that folks may know about, other local organizations that may need partnering with, new women in the industry we need to reach out to, community involvement opportunities, etc. This has been a fruitful experience in just two months.

The woman of PWB are working together to help this child in need. Women around the table shared how their businesses would provide things for a new house build that a local business has committed to for this young man. PWB W-S is connecting the dots!

“The woman of PWB are working together to help this child in need”

CTE Scholarship from PWB

HBAWS Professional Women in Building provides scholarships for students continuing their education in the trades.

The scholarships are merit based and presented annually to a student chosen from applications turned in at the WSFCS Career Center planning to further their construction education at Forsyth Technical Community College in a trades program. This year, PWB is awarding a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

For information, call 336.768.5942

2020 WSFCS Career Fairs

Career Days Schedule

Volunteers welcome – call 336.464.8001 to sign-up!

March 12, set-up 11am, 12 – 2 – West Forsyth HS – Kim Hayes

  • Elizabeth Nance, Realtor, Blue Door Group
  • Jonathan Lee, General Contractor, Homes by Jonathan Lee
  • Andrew Minton, Aesthetic Turf and AG
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

March 18, 10:30am – 12:30pm – North Forsyth HS – Tammy Winchester /Cynthia Flynt, confirm attendance:

  • Vicky Slate, Allegacy Federal Credit Union
  • Troi Bachmann, Government Affairs Director, HBAWS / WSRAR
  • Gisela Lopez, HBA Staff
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

March 25, set-up 10am, 11am – 2:05pm, lunch 11 – 11:45am – Glenn HS – Carl Glenn

  • Beverly Kiser-Nutt, HBA Staff
  • Missy Easter, Sheally Insurance Group
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

  April 1, set-up 8:20am, 9:15am – 12pm – Carver HS – Meisha Conrad

  • Beverly Kiser-Nutt, HBA Staff
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

April 3,  set-up 11:30am, 12 – 2pm – Reynolds High School – Elizabeth  Tuttle,

  • Beverly Kiser-Nutt, HBA Staff
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

April 9, set-up 9:45am, 10:30am – 12pm – Walktertown HS – Adam Carter

5240 Sullivantown Rd., Walkertown NC. You will be provided with a 4 foot table. Please park in the front parking lot

  • Miranda Kempton, Bloomday Granite & Marble
  • Josh Ricci, Ricci Builders & Management

Joint Legislative Committee Meetings

JLC Meeting Schedule

This committee meets once a month to review federal, state, and local legislative issues of interest, and if necessary, make recommendations to respective BODs on action steps. We often have guest speakers (local elected officials, local government staff, etc.). Committee members are responsible for regularly attending JLC meetings, making contact with local government officials, and attending local government meetings on behalf of the associations, as needed.

This year, we will meet from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM on the second Wednesday of the month (excepting a few months). We have lunch at each meeting, so please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, and I will do my best to accommodate. The meeting locations will alternate between associations. Our meeting schedule is as follows:

February 12- WSRAR
March 11- HBAWS
April 8
May 6
June 17
No July Meeting
August 12
September 9
October 7
November 18
December 9

Please mark these dates on your calendar. I will send out a reminder before the first meeting in February. If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out. Looking forward to a great year!

Troi Bachmann | Local Government Affairs Director


Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS®
Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

Telephone: 336.491.1316