In recognition of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) is encouraging students to explore how CTE can set them up for success.

Recently, the organization announced a record $60,000 in scholarships and grants.

“It’s time to introduce students of all ages to the opportunities a career in the skilled trades can bring,” said 2021 BIAW president Tracy Doriot in a prepared statement. “Growing up, kids have lots of career options to consider. Why not be a builder? These family-wage jobs lead to meaningful careers — and an opportunity to build the places where people’s lives happen.”

The association will award an average of $1,000 to $5,000 in scholarships to students planning to enter a construction-related field. It will also award roughly $1,000 to $5,000 in grants to programs supporting construction-related fields of study. This could include construction career training, continuing education, apprenticeship programs, or skills-assessment programs.

The deadline to apply for both is May 14. Many local building industry associations also offer scholarships.