If you stop to think about the construction industry, you will realize it is quite unique. The construction industry affects everyone’s lives and results in buildings that increase in value over time. It is a career path where brick and mortar meet cutting edge technology and where employment opportunities are plentiful.

Although the industry offers numerous opportunities, there continues to be a critical skills shortage. Fewer people have entered the industry over time because choosing construction-related careers has not been popular. As a result, the recruitment of women into the construction workforce has been targeted as a potential solution to this labor shortage. Unfortunately, much remains to be done to encourage young women into this field.

In October 2015, Central Six Development Council, Alabama Workforce Council Region 4, Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, Robins & Morton and AIDT/AWTC formed a collaborative partnership to present “Power UP: It’s a Mother Daughter Thing!” The first year was a tremendous success with over 300 attendees, employer partners and training providers. Our second annual event promises to educate, engage and encourage more mothers and daughters to explore career opportunities in the construction industry.

Power UP: It’s a Mother Daughter Thing! will take place March 21, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the AIDT/Alabama Workforce Training Center located at 3500 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35222. Selected students  must be accompanied to the event by a female legal guardian to participate. This rule will be strictly enforced. Students will not be allowed entrance without a female adult guardian.

There is limited space available. Any OMMS mothers and daughters who are interested in participating in this exciting opportunity should contact their grade level counselor to request an application packet. Each school can select up to five deserving students to participate. The Power Up application deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.



OMMS has once again been selected to administer the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)! A small sample of our 8th grade students will be administered the assessment in math or reading on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017.

What is NAEP?

NAEP, or the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is often called the “Nation’s Report Card.” It is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in core subjects. NAEP is congressionally mandated, and was first administered in 1969 to measure student achievement nationally. Teachers, principals, parents, policymakers, and researchers all use NAEP results to assess progress and develop ways to improve education in the United States.

Does NAEP replace the state tests that my child takes every year?

No. Most state tests measure student performance using the state’s own curriculum standards (i.e., what the state considers important for its students to know). State tests enable the comparison of results over time within the state, but because state tests are created according to each state’s individual curriculum standards, they do not allow comparisons of results with other states or the nation.

NAEP asks the same questions and is administered in the same way in every state nationwide, providing a common measure of student progress and making comparisons between states possible. NAEP helps states answer such questions as:

How does the performance of students in my state compare with the performance of students in states with similar resources or demographics?
How does my state’s performance compare with the nation’s?
Are my state’s gains in student performance keeping up with the pace of improvement in other states?
While the two assessment types differ in substantial ways, state tests and NAEP work together to give educators and policymakers a comprehensive picture of student performance.

For more information, watch the What Every Parent Should Know about NAEP video. Still have questions? Visit this link for more information.

Written notice will be sent home to students selected to take the assessment on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.