New NCMCA Video: Masonry Students at Work!
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In the summer of 2019, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver set out across the state to interview students participating in the NCMCA Masonry Pre-Apprentice Program for high school students. The participants reported they are learning, earning, and having fun!
NCMCA Folks Join in the Fight Against COVID-19
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Past NCMCA President Gary Joyner recently told us about what Gladys Adkins of P & D Architectural Precast and her friends are doing to aid in the fight against COVID-19. They are making and donating facemasks. Lots of them! NCMCA contacted Gladys.
Photograph by Gladys Adkins
Burton is New NCMCA President
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In the absence of the 2020 Spring Annual Business Meeting, canceled because of the COVID-19 public health crisis, NCMCA contractor member firms participated in an April email election of association officers for the 2020-2022 term. Elected President, Daniel “Danks” Burton of Pinnacle Masonry in Cary. (Pictured) Burton previously served as NCMCA president for the 2004-2006 term. He is a Certified Masonry Executive (CME) in the NCMCA certification program. The new President-Elect is James “Bo” Black, Jr. of Carolina Masonry Unlimited in Willow Spring. Black presently serves as President of the Raleigh Chapter and is also a CME. Cliff McGee of McGee Brothers Company in Greensboro the new Secretary/Treasurer. McGee is a CME also. NCMCA Executive Director Lynn Nash will remain as Executive Vice President and CEO. Regional vice presidents remain unchanged: Doug Burton, CME, of Whitman Masonry in Raleigh is Eastern Regional Vice President; Brandon Hartsell CMP of Gates Construction Company in Mooresville is Central Regional Vice President; and Don Caldwell of C & R Masonry of WNC, Candler is Western Regional Vice President. Current NCMCA President Kent Huntley moved into the Board Chairman’s position. Bob Gates steps down as Board Chairman after serving eight years in NCMCA executive leadership positions. The new officers assumed their duties May 1, 2020.
Land of the Sky 2020 Contest
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The NCMCA Land of the Sky Chapter conducted their annual high school masonry contest for schools in the western part of North Carolina in mid-March at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Waynesville. The champion for the second consecutive year is Madison County High School Senior Tristan Cutshall, bottom left, followed by Senior Trevor Simmons, bottom right, of McDowell High School in second place. Trevor finished in third place in the 2019 contest. Pictured top, left to right, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver; third place finisher Mason McPeters and fourth place finisher Ethan Powell both of McDowell High School; Land of the Sky Chapter President Gary Kitchen; fifth place finisher Trynt Hoadley of East Henderson High School; and NCMCA Western Regional Vice President Don Caldwell. Isaiah Allred of McDowell High School (not pictured) was the winner in the first year division. Chapter members and local general contractors provided materials, cash contributions for expenses, tool prizes, volunteers, equipment and food for the event.
Lee County Masonry Contest
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The Eastern North Carolina SkillsUSA regional competition was held at Lee County High School in early March. Jennifer Key from Columbus Career and College Academy took home First Place. Pictured left to right, Chris Garner, masonry instructor at Lee County High School; Josephine Shelton, third place from Lee County High School; Isreal Burgarin, fourth place from Columbus Career and College Academy; Jennifer Key, first place from Columbus Career and College Academy; David Pickard, fifth place from Lee County High School; Annayidi Dionisiu, second place from Columbus Career and College Academy; and Fred Mason, masonry instructor at Columbus Career and College Academy. Photo by Ryan Shaver.
Wilkes County Rally Day 2020
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Students from several northwestern counties gathered at Wilkes Community College at the end of February for a regional SkillsUSA Rally Day. Instructor Scott Settlemyre’s South Caldwell High School masonry class had a sweep of the top five finishes in the Level Two masonry competition. Left to right in ascending order of finish, Login Kirby, Mason Lutz-Lane, Isaac White, Andy Schronce, and First Place Finisher Tanner Scruggs. In the competition for the first year division, Jakob Patterson of South Caldwell High School finished in first place. Photo by Scott Settlemyre
Fourth Annual Rowan County Skills Contest
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