November 3, 2019

Projects ranging from an airport inspection facility to the Shelter Island boat launch represent some of the most innovative and outstanding quality merit shop work in the region and were recognized Friday night at the annual Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Awards.

August 5, 2019

Originally published in the San Diego Transcript

Americans watching the recent Democratic presidential debates may not even take notice of history being made. But for the first time in our country’s history, six women are running for President of the United States.

Forget for a moment whether you agree with their political views. It’s worth stopping to take note of this milestone, which grow fewer as barriers keep being broken....

June 25, 2019

Originally published in the San Diego Transcript on Friday, June 21, 2019.

June is the happiest month of the year for Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego. We celebrate the graduation of a new class of journeymen and women from our apprenticeship training program. This year, 84 graduates and their families celebrated four to five years of hard work in our classrooms and labs as well as on the job. Now they are fully...

June 13, 2019

Ninety-three percent of Class of 2019 grads are employed in full-time jobs

Contact: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR

                (619) 997-2495 or GLF@SAN.RR.COM         


SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Eighty four apprentices and craft trainees graduated with t...

June 5, 2019

CONTACT:  Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR 619-997-2495 or GLF@SAN.RR.COM


Apprenticeship and Journeymen Graduation Ceremony

Friday, June 7, 2019

6:45 p.m. Dinner / 7:30 p.m. Awards and Ceremony
DoubleTree Hotel Mission Valley, 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego

Eighty-four apprentices and craft trainees receiv...

May 29, 2019

Originally published in the San Diego Transcript on May 29, 2019

Thousands of college graduates and their proud family and friends across the U.S. and in San Diego gathered this month to celebrate a major milestone. They deserve congratulations for all the hard work it represents, especially for those who are the first to graduate from college in their family.

    But reality sets in quickly. Graduates will put their degrees fro...

April 26, 2019

Originally published in the San Diego Transcript on April 25, 2019

Every day, men and women in San Diego County put on their hard hats and protective gear to build millions of dollars of construction projects. Every day, they face risks working with heavy equipment in dangerous circumstances.

Every year, a handful of San Diego County residents join the list of more than 80,000workers suffering an injury on construction job sites...

April 4, 2019

(Long Beach, Calif.) –San Diego based construction craft apprentices and journeymen brought a record six craft medals and two safety awards home from the 2019 Associated Builders and Contractors National Craft Championships competition held at the Long Beach (California) Convention Center.

This prestigious competition brings together the top apprentices, trainees, and journeymen in the United States, who battle in a test of the...

March 30, 2019

Originally published in the San Diego Transcript.

The price of career success doesn’t have to be so high

For decades, one of the universally accepted measures of American success has been earning a college degree. We all know someone who is the first person to go to college in his or her family. We see parents beaming with pride when their son or daughter gets into a prestigious school.

But it was hard to believe the news earlier...

February 26, 2019

Originally published in the San Diego Transcript

After several decades into your working life, you learn a lot about the difference between a job, and a career. As the President and CEO of HPS Mechanical, I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a rewarding career in the construction industry. As board chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego, one of my many goals is to fill the employee pipeline by encouraging tale...

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