Home Builders Association of St. Louis Student “Competition in a Box” Helps to Address Labor Shortage


Chris Rousan and Jordan Ware from South Technical High School participated in the HBA’s Student Chapter’s “Competition in a Box” on April 28, 2018 at Payne Family Homes offices. Students from North Technical High School, South Technical High School and Four Rivers Career Center participated in this one-day event designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop and showcase skills needed in the home building industry. The competition was designed in a “trivia” format and involved questions about blueprints and construction methods.

“The HBA’s goal for the student chapter is to connect members with students to provide job shadowing, internships and opportunities after graduation. The hope is that this will create a pipeline of talent for the industry while providing high-paying jobs for graduates,” said Eva Fryar, chair of the HBA Professional Women in Building Council that oversees student chapter activities.

Atlas 46, DeWalt Tools, Home Depot and the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council sponsored prizes for the winners. Other sponsors included ABF Security (breakfast), Spire (lunch) and Associated Bank (beverages). Members of the HBA’s Professional Women in Building Council donated gift cards and items for participating students.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 companies representing the residential construction industry.


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