LAS VEGAS – The Associated General Contractors of America announced Mark Knudson, instructor at the Construction Industry Training Council (CITC) of Washington, Seattle, Wash., received the National Construction Craft Instructor Award, at AGC's 89th Annual Convention in Las Vegas. Knudson was honored for his outstanding teaching and leadership skills.

"We are very proud to give this award each year," said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of AGC. "Training programs and instructors are the lifeblood of a qualified and an effective work force."

A National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certified instructor since 1998, Knudson serves as the carpentry program department head for CITC, and has trained third– and fourth–year carpentry apprentices there for 10 years. In addition to teaching, Knudson leads meetings with other carpentry faculty and staff and coordinates the design, set–up and use of the carpentry shop.

"Mark's stellar example of preparation, exemplary teaching skills, program leadership, and promotion of community service among his students set a high standard for other faculty to follow," said Richard Bristow, executive vice president of AGC of Washington.

Knudson is a superintendent and safety director at J.R. Abbot Construction, Inc., of Seattle, Wash., a member of AGC of Washington.

AGC established the National Construction Instructor Award in 1985 to provide national recognition for outstanding instructors of AGC–accredited career and technical education programs, AGC–sponsored construction career academies, and AGC–sponsored industry apprenticeship and training programs.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents 33,000 firms, including 7,500 of America's leading general contractors and 12,500 specialty–contracting firms. More than 13,000 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters. Visit the AGC Web site at AGC members are "Building Your Quality of Life."