Kyle D. Bowman, Sr., a Jefferson State Construction and Building Science Technology student, was recently awarded the 2017 Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America Academic Scholarship Award. This marks the second consecutive year a Jefferson State student has earned the scholarship.
A 1990 graduate of Pell City High School, Bowman began working at Goodgame Company, Inc. after graduation and has worked there for more than 16 years. Bowman started his career in the company’s shop and he is now the shop foreman.
While working at Goodgame Company, he enrolled in Jefferson State to further build his career in Construction and Building Science. His proven ability to maintain safety standards and track the progress of multiple projects has made him a successful supervisor in a construction company.
“I want to congratulate both Kyle Bowman, the 2017 winner, and Oleksandr Rudyshyn, the 2016 winner, for earning this prestigious award,” said Jefferson State’s Construction and Building Science Program Coordinator Dr. Mike Safavi. “I am certain they will continue to be successful in both their academic and construction career choices.”
“According to the Alabama AGC, students from the same school have never received this award in successive years,” said Safavi.”I am proud of the students in the Jefferson State program and this is a great example of how our students are performing well beyond the Construction Academic Standards.”
When asked who was his inspiration in construction industry, Bowman pointed to his father as being his greatest mentor. “My father worked with me at a young age in our family’s brick mason business and that was the beginning of my interest in the industry,” said Bowman. “He taught me valuable life lessons such as treating the customer fairly, exceeding expectations, and exhausting all resources to ensure customer satisfaction.”
“I love being able to provide for my family while also being part of something bigger,” said Bowman. “Meeting new people, overcoming new challenges, and inventing newer, safer ways to better the construction industry are some of the reasons construction has stuck with me all my life.”
“When you love what you do it’s not about the paycheck,” said Bowman. “It’s about the relationships and achievements you make along the way.”
The AGC of Alabama, Inc. is Alabama’s largest construction trade association. Membership includes more than 800 of the top general contractors, construction managers, specialty contractors, and service and supplier companies. These members support Alabama’s commercial construction industry and are dedicated to principles of skill, integrity and responsibility.
For more information about the Jefferson State Construction and Building Science Program, contact Dr. Mike Safavi, AIC, CPC at (205) 856-7847 or [email protected].