In August, Pinnacle Masonry hosted an apprentice training session at their Cary office/shop for up and coming future masons working for NCMCA Raleigh Chapter member firms. NCMCA’s Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver (right) did the instruction assisted by Dennis Little and other local NCMCA members. There were sixteen participants. Future such events are planned for other areas of the state along with added advanced classes for previous participants. Photo by Sean Loftis.

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In June, NCMCA Chairman Kent Huntley (right,) Secretary/Treasurer Cliff McGee (Left) and Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver (second from left) along with President Danks Burton (second from right) made a video at the request of the NC Department of Public Instruction that was used for the July DPI Trade and Industrial Education Annual Summer Conference.  Because of COVID-19, the conference was presented virtually for 2020 but in past years NCMCA has hosted masonry instructors for one day of the weeklong conference for training specific to masonry.  The forty-five minute-long video features narration during the construction of a typical masonry contest project, followed by a detailed explanation of the judging and scoring process.  

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The April 2020 North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association Annual Convention was a victim of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  2020 will always be "The convention that never was."  The closing convention banquet is traditionally an opportunity to recognize the Association's outgoing president but there was no closing banquet in 2020.  However, new President Danks Burton took an opportunity in June at Greensboro to recognize Immediate Past President Kent Huntley and to present Kent with his "Glenn W. Sipe Presidential Service" plaque.  As immediate past president, Kent now serves as board chairman.   CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE YOUTUBE PRESENTATION

In the summer of 2019, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver set out across the state to interview students participating in the NCMCA Masonry Pre-Apprentice Program for high school students.  The participants reported they are learning, earning, and having fun!  

 

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Retired Mount Pleasant High School masonry instructor Doug Drye is the fourth North Carolina nominee inducted into the Mason Contractors Association of America “Masonry Hall of Fame,” joining North Carolina nominees Glenn W. Sipe (2012,) Samuel A. McGee (2014,) and Robert L. Merrill (2019.)  Drye’s former student, Ryan Shaver, NCMCA’s Workforce Development & Training Coordinator, introduced him at the February MCAA Convention Closing Banquet at the Las Vegas World of Concrete.  In Doug’s almost twenty-four years at Mount Pleasant, he built a nationally recognized program, holding the record for the most VICA/SkillsUSA secondary national champions.  He helped to guide hundreds of young people into successful careers in masonry and construction.  Pictured left to right, daughter-in-law and son Amanda and Mark Drye; MCAA Chairman Paul Odom; Doug and Thyra Drye; NCMCA President Kent Huntley; and NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver.  Also inducted into the Hall-of-Fame for 2020 were SPEC MIX’s Brian Carney; Paul Hoggatt, Hoggatt Masonry; and Mark Kemp, Superior Masonry Construction.  READ MORE HERE        

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