Last month was the Gould Construction Institute’s annual Safety and Education Night, at which ABC honors Gould graduates and member companies with outstanding safety records. It’s a special night for ABC and the Gould, but it occurs to me that one group doesn’t get enough credit: Gould Construction Institute (GCI) instructors.
Take fourth-year electrical instructor Rick Broderick, who’s just completed his 26th consecutive year teaching at GCI. During his tenure he’s taught in Medford (twice) Stoneham, and his course now meets two nights a week at Greater Lawrence Vocational-Technical School.
Rick doesn’t need to continue teaching at the Gould, but as he says, “What am I going to do, come home on a winter night when it gets dark at 4:00, sit on the couch and watch bad television? He also stresses that teaching is a two-way street. “I learn from my students; they keep me sharp.”
Maybe one of the reasons Rick remains so dedicated to teaching is that it was one of his own teachers who saw something in him many years ago and urged him to get into the profession.
Rick Broderick is one of over 55 GCI instructors who teach more than 760 students at eight locations from Nantucket to North Adams during the school year.
These men and women are working to provide young people with the skills they need to turn construction from a job into a career, and they give ABC members reason to be proud of our organization’s dedication to training.
If you think your company can benefit from training with the Gould Construction Institute, contact Barbara Lagergren at Barbara@gwgci.org or (781) 270-9990.