Construction Management student wins $2,500 scholarship
Savannah Technical College Construction Management student Zebulon Floyd was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from Fine Homebuilding.
Floyd was elected president of STC’s SkillsUSA chapter and has competed on STC’s SkillsUSA team for the past two years.
With eight years of military service, Floyd started the Construction Management program in January 2019 soon after he separated with an honorable discharge. He has a bachelor’s of science in health and physical education from Alabama State University and worked as an occupational therapy assistant in the U.S. Army.
He is poised to complete an associate of applied science in construction management this month. He plans to continue his training at Savannah Tech this fall to master electrical wiring, while he works as an apprentice to earn his construction license.
Prior to Savannah Technical College, Floyd said he knew absolutely nothing about construction or building anything. “Thanks to the hands-on instruction at Savannah Tech, I have a really good grasp on how to build things now and why buildings are built the way they are built,” said Floyd.
He says, it’s very important to keep this craft alive. “There’s no better feeling than to know that you built something from the ground up with your own two hands, and now someone is living in a house you built or putting to good use whatever you have built for them.”
“I don’t know what I would do without Savannah Technical College or SkillsUSA because both have truly changed my life around and changed my perspective on a lot of things,” Floyd said. “It is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
Fine Homebuilding awards scholarships to SkillsUSA high school or college/postsecondary students continuing their education or certification programs in construction-related fields.
“I’ve always wanted to have my own business,” said Floyd, who has already set up an LLC. “I wanted to put my dream into action and took the leap to train for a new career.” He looks forward to renovating and remodeling houses and starting his own business once he completes the program next summer.
About SkillsUSA: SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization that annually serves more than 320,000 high school, college and postsecondary students–and their instructors–in technical, skilled and service-occupation instructional programs. SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers and educators. Hundreds of American industries have turned to SkillsUSA as the source for employees who exemplify “Champions at Work” in both skills and attitudes. SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. At the heart of this mission are SkillsUSA’s core values: integrity, responsibility, citizenship, service and respect.
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