The alumni were part of the first class of graduates from the construction technology program
SARASOTA, Fla. — Halfacre Construction Company, a Lakewood Ranch-based commercial construction company, recently hired three Riverview High School graduates as full-time assistant superintendents: Tyler Moses, Solano Benitez and Ricky Jackson. The alumni were part of the first class of graduates from the construction technology program at Riverview High School.
Launched at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, Riverview High School was the first in the area to develop its own program to utilize hands-on experiences in the construction and trades industry alongside the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) curriculum to meet industry standards. Upon completion of the program, high school students graduate with industry recognized credentials and access to local internships, apprenticeships and jobs.
Once the high school opened enrollment for the four-year program, it quickly reached its capacity of 60 students and a waitlist started for additional interested individuals.
“I’m extremely proud of our students, who continue to learn and progress in the trade toward obtaining future employment,” said Alex Lichter, construction technology teacher. “Most RHS students will leave our construction program with the necessary tools — both personal and professional — to be an immediate asset to any company. We look forward to seeing them continue to thrive in the industry.”
After the three seniors graduated in June, Halfacre Construction Company hired them as full-time assistant superintendents. The commercial construction company was the only contract manufacturer to hire from the construction technology program.
“When we started working with Riverview High School to transform the art lab into a functioning shop for students to utilize for this program, it was our dream to one day hire some of these students,” said Jack Cox, president and CEO of Halfacre Construction. “We actively try to recruit and retain young talent for the construction industry, and we’re honored to be able to provide industry-specific training for those interested.”
Cox, a lacrosse coach at Riverview High School and a dedicated community advocate, has focused Halfacre’s corporate culture on supporting the local community through giving, fundraising, donating building projects, offering the youth opportunities to learn about the construction industry, and serving on nonprofit and organizational advisory boards in order to improve the quality of life in the region.
About Halfacre Construction Company
As the area’s oldest, most established, locally owned and operated private commercial construction company, Halfacre’s foundational strengths stand as evidence that its commercial and industrial construction projects will be delivered on time, within budget, with the utmost integrity and with the expertise and financial strength needed for success. Halfacre Construction also offers its expertise as a green building provider with the resources available to build viable, effective alternatives to reduce energy consumption and preserve natural resources. Staff includes U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certified professionals who have demonstrated proficiency in green building practices and who possess a thorough grasp of the LEED Green Building Rating System. For more information, please visit www.HalfacreConstruction.com.
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