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Aem Education Program Honored


The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ Construction Challenge work force development program has been named to the Associations Advance America 2009

The Association of Equipment Manufacturersí Construction Challenge work force development program has been named to the Associations Advance America 2009 honor roll, a national awards competition presented by the American Society of Association Executives and the Center for Association Leadership.

The annual awards program, now in its 19th year, recognizes associations that contribute to the advancement of American society through innovative programs in areas including education, skills training, standards setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship and community service.

AEM partners with Destination ImagiNation to produce the Construction Challenge, a problem-solving program that provides teens a hands-on, educational experience. Now in its second year, the program allows students, teachers, parents and community leaders to learn more about careers available in the construction industry. The program also emphasizes the vital role that off-road equipment plays in creating and maintaining the life enjoyed in North America, Europe and developing nations.

The 2009 AEM Construction Challenge will hold its finals competition May 20-23, during the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn. More than 50 student teams from across the United States, and Toronto, Canada will participate after earning top honors in regional competitions held in early February. More than 2,000 high school and middle school students comprising 300-plus student teams participated in the regional competitions, held simultaneously in 15 cities.