The purpose of Construction Education Foundation, Inc. is to provide the
construction industry the most qualified, technically trained people at all
levels. Our target is construction excellence.
The Construction Education Foundation is a self-supporting foundation with
widespread participation, providing the finest in construction industry
CEF was created through an alliance of the members of Associated Builders
and Contractors (ABC), North Texas Chapter, and Associated
General Contractors (AGC), Dallas Chapter. Associated General
Contractors (AGC), Fort Worth Chapter and The American Subcontractors
Association (ASA), North Texas Chapter joined the partnership
later in 1996. In January 2009, ABC and AGC joined forces
and became TEXO Association.
The Participating Associations include DFW Chapter; The National Association of
Women in Construction (NAWIC), Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters;
Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors Association of Texas
(PHCC-TX); Texas Air Conditioning Contractors of America (TACCA);
National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA); North American
Crane Bureau (NACB); and Fire Sprinkler Contractors Association of Texas (FSCATX).
purpose of CEF is to provide the construction industry with the most qualified
technically trained people, from Craft Workers to the Supervisory level. CEF
also provides the entire construction community with a funding mechanism to meet
the needs of contractors and owners.
The CEF North Texas Training
Program began under the auspices of Associated Builders and Contractors and has
been in existence since 1981. In 1989 we successfully negotiated with North Lake
College for college level accreditation of Craft Education Training Classes and
related programs. Obtaining college credit not only enhanced the professional
image of the courses, but also provided a professional career path for our craft
apprentices and trainees. In 1995, The Associated Builders and Contractors
partnered their craft training with other associations and began the transition
to a new umbrella organization, the National Center for Construction Education
and Research (NCCER).
In 1996, the NCCER became the official
national organization to accredit and standardize craft training for the
Also in 1996, an alliance developed to form
this foundation, the Construction Education Foundation. It is patterned after
the National Center for Construction Education and Research. Today our craft
training program has expanded to locations from Fort Worth to East Dallas, and
as far east as Tyler, Texas.
The following CEF Councils and Committees consist of industry participation from
companies that are committed to construction excellence.
The goal of
these councils and committees is to consistently monitor the curriculum of each
course and maintain the quality of training programs offered by CEF.
Without these dedicated volunteers, CEF could not be what it is today.
CEF Councils and Committees meet once a month. Call the CEF office at
972.574.5200 for the next meeting date and time.
CEF, Inc. Donation Guidelines
CEF Mission Statement
The purpose of the Construction Education Foundation is
to provide the construction industry with the most qualified,
technically trained people at all levels. Our target is
Ways to Give
With your support, the Construction Education Foundation
can continue to fulfill its promise to future generations
that furthering their education IS possible, regardless
of their financial limitations. CEF gives you multiple choices
to support our programs and to make a difference in someone's
Your contribution may be tax-deductible* and will support
student scholarships and other programs that would further
CEF’s excellence. For more information on making gifts
to any of the CEF Funds, please call the CEF office at 972.574.5200.
Thank you for your support of CEF.
Checks should be made payable to CEF, Inc.
Gifts and gift/pledge forms should be mailed to CEF, Inc.,
PO Box 612107, DFW Airport, TX 75261-2107
For those who have devoted their professional lives to
the construction industry, there is no better way to recognize
their service than to make a contribution to CEF’s
Scholarship Fund. Upon receipt of a commemorative gift,
• send a notification of receipt of a commemorative
gift to the loved one’s family, or to the person being
• send a thank you to the donor.
Commemorative gifts over $1,000 will also be acknowledged
by a personal note from the current CEF Chairman of the
You may choose to name an endowed scholarship after yourself,
in honor of a friend or family member, or after a business
or organization. CEF staff can provide guidance in determining
the scholarship's specific criteria. Endowments can also
be set up as memorial funds. A minimum gift of $30,000 is
required to establish an endowed scholarship.
Gifts such as tools, equipment and other non-cash property
can be donated for a charitable deduction. However, In-Kind
gifts will only be accepted if CEF has a need for the item(s).
Need is determined by the governing CEF Trade Council.
Annual gift pledges are payable over a two-year period.
You can indicate on your pledge form the length of time
over which you wish to make your gift, and the Foundation
will send you reminders at the intervals you specify --
annually, semi-annually, or quarterly.
Pledges at levels that qualify you for scholarship endowments
are payable over three to five years or a lifetime, depending
on your level of giving.
CEF Fund Options:
CEF Scholarship Fund:
The Scholarship Fund essentially eliminates financial need
as a barrier to education at CEF. The Scholarship will cover
a portion of the qualified applicant’s tuition, fees
and books for classes taken through CEF. Contributions made
to the CEF Scholarship Fund will be overseen by the CEF
Board of Directors. The purpose of the fund is to provide
financial assistance to students enrolled in, or enrolling
in, a craft program at CEF.
Trade Council Funds:
The Trade Council Funds will be used by the specified
Trade Council as they have a need. Use of the funds will
be determined by a vote of the governing Trade Council,
for student gifts & supplies for annual student appreciation
events. These funds will not be used for scholarships. Should
the governing Trade Council cease to exist, any remaining
funds in their account would be transferred to the CEF Scholarship
CEF reserves the right to decline any financial commitment,
gift, or bequest, as well as the right to determine how
a gift will be credited and/or recognized.
* Prospective donors are strongly encouraged in all cases
to consult with their own independent legal and/or tax advisors
about proposed gifts. No representative of CEF shall provide
legal or tax advice to any donor or prospective donor.