The Pathway From Classroom to Construction

Students find inspiration in residential construction during winter break.

Winter break has arrived for most schools across the country, giving students a chance to enjoy a few days of relaxation and reflection before heading back in the new year. And for many, a new semester will provide a fresh opportunity for them to try something new – like residential construction.

A large number of NAHB members entered the construction field at a young age, participating in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses and extracurricular activities like NAHB student chapters. And many of them eventually became industry leaders at the local and national levels.

For example, Trevor Readdick, CEO of Readdick Construction in Kingsland, Ga., and president of the Georgia HBA, was introduced to construction by his family.

The jobsite gave Readdick first-hand exposure to the construction process and he was fascinated by it from a very young age."Early on I knew construction was the path I wanted to take," Readdick said.

That fascination led Readdick to enroll in industrial safety and construction courses at Camden County High School when he was a teen. He went on to major in construction management at Georgia Southern University and quickly joined the Construction Management (CM) Guild to network with industry professionals in NAHB and other trade associations.