HBI Grads Honored

HBI Job Corps graduates Brian Stubbs and Akina Martin were recognized Feb. 4 for their exemplary achievements in the home building industry during the NAHB Joint Executive and Resolutions Committee Meeting at the 2014 NAHB International Builders’ Show.

Rick Judson, Immediate Past Chairman, NAHB presented the “NAHB Chairman’s Award,” to Brian.  Judson remarked: “This year’s winner is an electrical graduate who embodies the qualities necessary to achieve success in our industry. Brian Stubbs graduated from the Old Dominion Job Corps Center in March of 2008.  He came to Job Corps in 2007 shortly after he dropped out of high school and his parents lost their home.  

Brian tried to get a job to help the family, but without a diploma, driver’s license or job skills, it was near impossible. With his mother’s encouragement he enrolled in Job Corps.”  After completing his trade training  he earned his GED, obtained a driver’s license and secured employment with Bay Electric in Newport News, Virginia.   

At Bay Electric, Brian has been an exceptional and valued employee. He volunteered for extra hours, and served as a leader on projects while completing his IEC four-year apprenticeship. He continues to gain the respect of his supervisors and peers, and  recently passed the electrical journeyman’s exam.  None of this would have been possible without the firm grounding he received from HBI’s Job Corps program. 

Akina Martin was awarded the Shirley McVay Wiseman Award for Exceptional Promise by former NAHB President Shirley McVay Wiseman. The award is presented annually to an outstanding female HBI Job Corps graduate who has gone on to achieve success in the home building industry.  Akina's  story is rich in its outstanding accomplishments and her commitment to public service. A graduate of HBI’s facilities maintenance program at the South Bronx Job Corps Center in New York, her 16 months of training in leadership skills and hard work allowed her to win several awards and certificates in the trade.

Shirley explained: “Each recipient has overcome obstacles to have a successful career in the building industry. While core values such as dedication and work ethic tie these women together, each winner has her own story.”  

Akina quickly secured a position with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, subsequently earning her Boiler’s certificate from the New York Fire Department and is currently employed at JFK Airport in New York.  

Earlier in her career she spent time in California serving with AmeriCorps where she helped educate communities on environmental protection and safety, helped mentor 1300 elementary school children and guided 100 volunteer parent chaperones.  She also learned how to build houses.  

HBI’s Job Corps program is the nation’s oldest and largest residential education and job training program for at-risk youth. Housed in the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps offers real life, hands-on training to help young people acquire three vital pieces of the employment puzzle: trades training, basic academics and employability skills.


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