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Washington Business Journal honors Board President John McMahon


  Miller & Long Co., Inc. and the Academy of Construction and Design at Cardozo Education Campus were featured in the Washington Business Journal’s 2010 Green Business Awards breakfast on September 24. Academy students Andre Monroe, Jose Cruz, Ingrid Lopez and Bianca Smith joined board president John McMahon, program director Beth Moore, board advisor Carol Randolph, and academy manager Shelly Karriem. Foundation photo.

2010 Green Business Awards Spotlight Academy of Construction and Design

September 27, 2010 — The D.C. Students Construction Trades Foundation announced today the Washington Business Journal has named board president John M. McMahon winner of its 2010 Greater Washington Green Business Award for Green Business Giving. John McMahon, chairman of Miller & Long Concrete Construction, Inc., was honored for his leadership in establishing the D.C. Students Construction Trades Foundation and the Academy of Construction and Design at Cardozo Education Campus. From nearly 150 nominations, Washington Business Journal editors and judges selected McMahon and Miller & Long Co. along with finalists in six other categories. Winners were announced at an awards breakfast and green business program in Washington. Presented annually, the Greater Washington Green Business Awards recognize companies working to incorporate environmentally sustainable practices in their businesses and community involvement.

Building greener and more efficiently is about being respectful to the planet and making smart economic choices, McMahon said in a profile published in the Washington Business Journal on September 24. The building industry is changing rapidly with new technology, sustainable materials and energy efficient installation techniques that require a fast-learning workforce. To prepare District students for jobs, high education and career opportunities in the industry, McMahon and the Construction Trades Foundation’s board of directors – including leaders from the JOBS Coalition, Donohoe Construction Co., PN Hoffman Inc., Sigal Construction Corp. and United Bank – worked with D.C. Public Schools Career and Technical Education to launch the Academy of Construction and Design at Cardozo Education Campus.

When it opened in 2005, the Academy generated new interest in career and technical education in District schools and created the first new construction education classrooms in nearly forty years. Today, the Academy enrolls more than 100 high school students each year in accredited training programs in carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing and other trade specialties. Continuing its longstanding partnership with District schools, the Construction Trades Foundation is putting students on the path to careers in architecture, construction facilities management and electrical design.

This year, the Foundation is launching a green building program to provide field experience for students enrolled in the Academy of Construction and Design at Cardozo Education Campus. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place on October 26, 2010, in Northwest Washington at the site of the Academy’s first student-built house. Read more about Build a House – Build a Future and how the Academy encourages students to stay in school and graduate with skills they can use on the job, in college programs and as a fast start toward future careers.

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