Helping teens embark on a construction industry career is the aim of the program, which has named the latest winners of its annual scholarships.

The program is a cooperative effort of the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation (AEDF), Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), and Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Teens from Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina have each earned $1000 scholarships to be used for construction-focused education. They are: Andrew Retzlaff of Mankato, Minnesota to attend South Central (MN) College for heavy construction equipment technician, focused on diesel mechanics and hydraulics; William Gumbert of Allenport, Pennsylvania to attend Penn College of Technology for technology management and heavy equipment technician/operator; John Lynch of Fort Mill, South Carolina to attend Clemson (SC) University for construction management. scholarships are available to students and construction industry professionals, with the funds to be used for higher-education tuition or the purchase of tools to improve worker productivity. Scholarship applications are evaluated based on applicants' essays, school transcripts and personal references. In 2009, due to the generosity of Kobleco Cranes, will be offering 10 scholarships ($1000 each).

The Web site offers an interactive forum for students, teachers, counselors, and parents to explore the many opportunities available in the construction industry, with a focus on contracting, distribution, and equipment manufacturing.

The Web site outlines career options with information that includes job descriptions, career path sequences, educational requirements and salary ranges. A special feature is a searchable database organized by state and province of more than 1600 post-secondary schools offering programs in construction trades and equipment technology. The Web site also presents information on additional industry scholarship opportunities, apprenticeships, and other career-building programs.

A section of the Web site targets teachers and counselors to help them connect to local companies and other resources they can use to explore industry opportunities with students. And, the Web site also helps parents better understand the scope of the construction industry as a rewarding career choice for their children. For more information, contact AEM's Erin Babcock at 414-274-0657 or e-mail, or go online at