The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) has recognized one of Cianbro’s own as the Construction Education Champion of 2013. This is not an annual award given by NCCER. The Center only selects a recipient for this recognition when they feel there is a worthy candidate. At a Workforce Development conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, NCCER President Don White presented the award to Cianbro Mechanical Craft Training Coordinator Ed LePage.
White said it was NCCER's pleasure to present the award to someone who is so committed to developing the workforce of the construction industry. Ed is the sixth person who has received the honor from NCCER. While presenting at the conference, several members of NCCER and other Workforce Development committee members emphasized ways in which Ed has assisted them through the years. Ed’s involvement in the mechanical trades curriculum and assessments with NCCER have evolved over the years from sitting on expert committees where the curriculum is written and edited to keep the subject matter current, to serving in evaluation sessions where experts decide upon the hands-on tasks and proficiencies that are needed, to editing curriculum manuals before they go to publication, to writing assessment questions for different crafts. With this award, the NCCER highlighted all of the ways in which Ed has impacted the development of the industry and the curriculum.
“Please join us in congratulating Ed LePage," said Cianbro's HSE Vice President Mike Bennett. "This recognition is certainly well deserved. Ed not only spends a significant amount of time on Cianbro’s Training and Development Initiatives, but also devotes much effort on similar initiatives external to the organization. For a number of years, Ed has participated on curriculum development within the NCCER and has a leadership role on a number of items. Ed is a tremendous resource and a valued team member who we are extremely proud to work with every day. Great job, Ed. Keep it up!”
When recognized by his peers for his dedication and achievements, Ed's comment was, “I would not have been awarded this recognition if it wasn’t for Cianbro allowing me the time and ability to be so involved, so this award should also go to Cianbro.”