Tradesmen International is pleased to congratulate Clemon Prevost, a senior talent development specialist for Fluor, on being named the 2019 Craft Instructor of the Year by Associated Builders and Contractors. This prestigious award is given out annually to an instructor who possesses outstanding creativity, a positive attitude and the ability to transfer knowledge through communications skills and innovative teaching to promote lifelong learning to the future construction workforce.
“Clemon’s decades of experience as a craft professional and now as a craft instructor have been a great boon to our industry,” said 2019 ABC National Chair Tony Rader, telecom vice president of National Roofing Partners in Coppell, Texas. “By focusing on both the hard and soft skills required to succeed as a craft professional and leading by example, Clemon’s contributions to educating the next generation of construction workers are immeasurable. We are honored by his dedication to his students and the merit shop construction industry.”
With an associate degree in electronics technology from the College of the Mainland, Prevost spent nearly 35 years as a craft professional before transitioning into his current role as an instructor. Since he joined Fluor in 2015, he has prepared nearly 170 students for careers in the electrical trades with a 78 percent job placement rate as of November 2018. He cited the value of the merit system and emphasis on soft skills, such as being reliable and showing up to work on time, as key contributors to his success as a craftsperson, as well as the values he works hard to instill in his students as an instructor.
Clemon is passionate about his students and the trades. “In construction, people are the most valuable asset,” said Clemon. “A good instructor should give 110% to their students every day. I am ALL IN, mind and soul. I recognize that every student is different, so I need different teaching techniques . . . I need to find different ways to motivate them.”
When asked why he teaches, Clemon responded, “I want to give back to a field that has given so much to me. This is the best job I’ve ever had in my life. Watching my students succeed is the greatest gift I can receive.”
Tradesmen International and NCCER are the co-sponsors of the Craft Instructor of the Year and were proud to present this award to Clemon March 28th at the Careers in Construction Awards Ceremony in Long Beach.
Congratulations to Clemon and Fluor!