Dozens attend internationally accredited contractor education program

CROWN POINT – Nearly two dozen tradespeople from various disciplines came together to collaborate and level up their skills during the Northwest Indiana Mason Contractors Association’s (NWIMCA) recent continuing education program.

The event was free for the regional contractor community and brought together architectural, engineering, construction, and masonry professionals from multiple companies. Many of the lessons were designed to teach professionals about the ins and outs of other trades. For example, information about masonry materials was presented to architects so they could learn how to best utilize these construction materials in their building designs.

Attendees could earn continuing education credits (CEUs) that met the criteria under the Architects International Association’s (AIA/CES) guidelines. This internationally accredited body is considered to have some of the best learning standards in the industry.

“Our association is proud to host this event annually because it fosters a stronger sense of understanding throughout the building trades. You encounter many different types of contractors on construction projects, and when everyone can come together comprehensively, things go a lot smoother. These relationships are key for successful project outcomes,” said Jeff Colvin, president of NWIMCA.

“There’s also the added benefit of high-quality education and career advancement opportunities for our attendees through the earning of CEUs,” Colvin added.

Other lessons during the event included hands-on instruction about masonry basics, best practices about flashing and moisture control, information about the movement characteristics of structural masonry wall systems, and much more.

The association’s next major event will be the popular NWIMCA Golf Outing at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point on August 22. Those wishing to attend are advised to register early, as the event is limited and may sell out well before August. More information on how to register or sponsor can be found at