Construction Management student wins Fine Homebuilding Scholarship

Construction student with radial arm sawSAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College Construction Management student Cristian Veloso is one of 11 students in the U.S. to receive a $2,500 scholarship from Fine Homebuilding. This honor makes him a member of the #KeepCraftAlive class of 2021.

Veloso is president of STC’s SkillsUSA chapter. His OSHA team won gold/first in the national SkillsUSA competition, after winning gold in the state competition. He is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and National Technical Honor Society.

He moved to Savannah from New Jersey to attend SCAD for an undergraduate degree in architecture, but dropped out after a year due to tuition. As a graphic designer, he had worked in visual merchandising and furniture assembly/installation at IKEA. So, shifting to Construction Management at Savannah Tech was the logical next step. He is poised to complete an associate of applied science in construction management next month.

“Cristian was voted the one of the best students in the Construction Management program at this year’s SkillsUSA State Conference,” said STC’s Dean of Industrial Technology and former department head for Construction Management. “He has shown a high level of maturity and is respectful to his peers. He is also a great team player, who not only takes pride in his work, but also takes his work seriously.”

Fine Homebuilding awards scholarships to SkillsUSA high school or college/post-secondary students continuing their education or certification programs in construction-related fields.

Construction Management prepares students for careers in some aspect of construction supervision. Basic carpentry skills include laying footings and foundations, framing, roofing, and interior and exterior finishing. Management skills include principles of accounting, construction drafting, code review, scheduling, and contracting. Construction Management graduates have had a 100% placement in field rate for nearly a decade.

SkillsUSA is a career and technical national student organization that annually serves more than 320,000 high school, college and post-secondary students–and their instructors–in technical, skilled and service-occupation instructional programs. It has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers and educators.

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