ABC Names Elm’s Paul Asselin ‘2024 Craft Instructor of the Year’

We would like to give a HUGE shoutout to our very own Paul Asselin.

Earlier this month, Paul traveled to Orlando, FL, where he was announced as the recipient of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) 2024 Craft Instructor of the Year Award. Way to go, Paul!

Below is the press release sent out by ABC acknowledging Paul’s accomplishment. He also got some local love from The Business Journal of Western Massachusetts, which you can read by clicking here.

ABC Names 2024 Craft Instructor of the Year

ORLANDO, Florida, March 14—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced that Paul Asselin, Gould Construction Institute Instructor, ABC Massachusetts chapter, Woburn, Massachusetts, is the 2024 Craft Instructor of the Year. Asselin was honored at ABC Convention 2024 in Orlando, Florida, on March 13.

ABC presents the annual Craft Instructor of the Year Award to an outstanding instructor with a passion for their craft, creativity, a positive attitude and the ability to transfer knowledge through excellent communications skills and forward-thinking teaching to future construction professionals.

With nearly 40 years of experience in the construction industry, Asselin has taught basic through advanced electrical courses since 2001. He is the training manager for Elm Electric Inc., Westfield, Massachusetts, where he has worked since 1983. Asselin is also the wiring inspector for his hometown of Russell and previously served as chair of the local vocational school general advisory board and the electrical shop advisory board.

“Holding dozens of electrical and teaching certifications, Paul utilizes his electrical expertise to better his community and the construction industry as well as the next generation of craft professionals,” said 2024 National Chair of the ABC Board of Directors Buddy Henley, president, Henley Construction Co. Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland. “A truly outstanding teacher whose excellence extends beyond the classroom, Paul’s nominator said that he wholeheartedly embraces any opportunity for professional development and is just as adept at teaching simple topics as more advanced ones, which is attributable to his excellent written and verbal communication skills. Congratulations, Paul, on this honor, and I appreciate how you have furthered the industry and career pathways for countless electricians.”

“Problem-solving is a daily occurrence,” said Asselin. “From the field to the classroom, it’s important that we, as craft professionals, know how to solve problems. As I tell my students, it is about training your brain to problem-solve, which we do our whole lives. Technology and safety awareness are vital components of our industry and are important tools in the way I teach, work and volunteer in my community.” As Craft Instructor of the Year, Asselin received a $10,000 cash prize. Co-sponsors of Craft Instructor of the Year are the National Center for Construction Education and Research, the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction industry, and Tradesmen International, North America’s premier craft professional staffing resource. Asselin will also be profiled in the June issue of Construction Executive magazine.