Chairman of ISC Meets with U.S. Secretary of Education

Baton Rouge, LA – ISC Constructors, LLC (ISC) Chairman, Eddie Rispone, recently had an opportunity to attend a meeting between ABC National and Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to discuss educational opportunities for the construction industry. In attendance were the National President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Mike Bellaman, and Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development, Greg Sizemore. The meeting took place in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2017 and included two construction professionals who shared how ABC programs have allowed them to focus on a career in construction and achieve life goals for their respective families. This meeting underscored the importance of assisting Americans in procuring jobs, developing a competent workforce, while supporting a shared desire to promote adult educational opportunities. The benefits of ABC’s comprehensive education programs, which prepare participants for a lifelong career in the construction industry, were among the topics discussed.

Secretary DeVos Meeting
From left to right: Mike Bellaman, Eddie Rispone, Holley Thomas, Secretary DeVos, Tyrone Ferrens, Greg Sizemore, Michael Bennett

As Chairman of the Louisiana Federation for Children, Mr. Rispone has had the opportunity to work with Secretary DeVos for several years, while she served as the Chairman of the American Federation for Children. The Louisiana Federation for Children is a project of the American Federation for Children, which is the national voice for educational choice to ensure that children have a quality education.

Mr. Rispone stated, “I wanted to take the opportunity to be there personally to share with Secretary DeVos my involvement with ABC over the years; and explain how ABC has been collaborating with the education systems throughout the country, developing careers for all Americans.” 

President Trump has issued an executive order for the development of apprenticeship programs that would provide more educational/career development programs in the United States. Secretary DeVos has been appointed as Co-Chairperson of this order.

Founded in 1989, ISC is an industrial electrical, instrumentation and controls company offering engineering, construction and maintenance services. The company employs over 2,500 people primarily in the southern region of the United States. ISC and their associates have contributed to 125 charitable organizations over the past year, and have also taken an active leadership role in developing the industry’s workforce to meet future manpower demand.


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