BSA Survey Shows STEM Interest on the Rise

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A master of arts in administration graduate from Central Michigan University, Tony DiTucci has served as the vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, since 2013. In this capacity, he oversees multifamily and senior-housing development projects. Apart from his work, Tony DiTucci is a longtime supporter and volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Earlier this year, the BSA released the results of an annual survey it conducts in which high school students list the careers they are most interested in pursuing. As part of the Career Interest Survey, students selected from 200 different career choices, and registered nurse topped the list again as the most desirable, followed closely by physician/surgeon.

STEM careers are becoming more popular, however. For example, computer programmer ranked third on the list, the first year it has even made the top 10. Other STEM newcomers to the top 10 were mechanical engineer (No. 6) and computer engineer (No. 10). In his comments, BSA chief executive officer Michael Surbaugh said the sudden spike in STEM-career interest is “encouraging,” particularly because those fields are experiencing shortages of talent.

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The Margaret Home in Rochester, New York

 

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The Margaret Home
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With experience in executive leadership in the construction industry, Tony DiTucci serves as the vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, a company that oversees senior and multifamily housing projects in New York. Tony DiTucci supports community organizations such as The Margaret Home, where he serves on the board.

Located in Rochester, New York, The Margaret Home relies solely on private donations to fund its services for mothers and babies. Founded in 2018, The Margaret Home gives pregnant women aged 18 and above the opportunity to live in a temporary home and work with a staff of trained professionals who help them gain the skills they need to live independently.

Women living in The Margaret Home receive instruction in areas that include prenatal care, parenting, financial planning, and career choice. In addition to supplying its residents with a variety of training opportunities and self-assessments to identify areas in which they need to grow, the home supports the women spiritually, giving them access to an on-site chapel.

Italian Heritage Foundation of Rochester Supports Local Schools

 

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Italian Heritage Foundation of Rochester
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Tony DiTucci, the vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, since 2007, holds a master of arts in administration from Central Michigan University. At DGA Builders, he oversees the development of multifamily and senior housing projects in the northeastern and midwestern United States. Outside of work, Tony DiTucci is closely involved in his local community and supports organizations such as the Italian Heritage Foundation of Rochester.

Since 2007, the Italian Foundation of Rochester has focused its efforts on education, providing need-based financial aid to help high school students attend private high schools. In the past 10 years, the foundation has awarded more than half a million dollars to students at private high schools in Monroe County.

Its fundraising efforts rely in part on its “Friends” program, which invites committed local individuals and businesses to join the social organization in improving local education. Members receive invitations to Foundation events, such as the annual Golf Tournament and Raffle Fundraiser, and are invited to attend family functions that emphasize the value of Italian heritage and the importance of community service.

Interior Design Trends in Senior Housing

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Tony DiTucci has been the vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, in Pittsford, New York, since 2013. Among his many responsibilities, Tony DiTucci oversees the construction of senior housing facilities.

Pleasant and enjoyable senior living facilities are more than just brick-and-mortar structures. Substantial thought and planning must be invested in the interior design of the buildings to ensure both employee and resident satisfaction.

While the integration of technology into the living space is now routine in senior living residences, there are still areas for improvement. One of these is the use of LED lighting. In addition to the well-known potential for energy savings, the use of LED lights can promote better sleep patterns and reduce anxiety for residents through, for example, the coordination of lamp color with circadian rhythms.

Builders are also creating new senior housing with a greater emphasis on sociability. Dining rooms and fitness centers are increasingly becoming public spaces, and libraries are now often integrated into coffee shops rather than separate rooms to increase social interaction and engagement.

USGBC’s LEED Green Associate Credential

 

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With over 15 years of experience in the construction industry, Tony DiTucci serves as vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, in Pittsford, New York. Dedicated to staying current on the latest industry trends and practices, Tony DiTucci maintains a LEED Green Associate credential.

The LEED Green Associate credential is one of several professional designations offered through the US Green Building Council (USGBC), an organization that promotes sustainable building practices in the construction industry. The Council’s suite of professional credentials gives real estate and construction industry professionals the opportunity to show their commitment to improving sustainability in the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings.

To earn the Green Associate credential, a professional must demonstrate an understanding of various green-building principles by passing a multiple-choice exam. The two-hour exam comprises 100 questions on the LEED process as well as topics such as water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and energy. Candidates must earn a score of 170 out of 200 to pass the test and become a LEED Green Associate.

Certified Green Associates must earn 15 continuing education (CE) hours every two years to maintain the credential. Professionals can earn CE credits by completing educational courses, working on LEED projects, and publishing articles or books on LEED-related topics. Credits can also be earned by volunteering for green-building projects. Those who earn their Green Associate credential can go on to earn LEED AP specialty credentials in several areas, including building design and construction, operations and maintenance, and neighborhood development.

Technology Investments Improve Senior Housing Facilities

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Tony DiTucci serves as the vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, in Pittsford, New York. Among his many responsibilities, Tony DiTucci oversees the development of senior housing projects.

While technology investment in senior housing facilities has been an essential theme for the last several years, these investments are finally starting to deliver the promised dividends regarding resident satisfaction and staff productivity.

Beyond the simple convenience of WiFi, technology-based solutions are delivering valuable data for administrators to make better-informed decisions on everything from resident care to construction expansion.

In particular, the electronic health record (EHR) has become a valuable system to monitor the health and wellness of senior housing residents. Once confined only to skilled nursing facilities, the EHR now allows state-of-the-art facilities to track a resident’s health from the time he or she moves in and document the progress of his or her health over time. Such information can assist staff and family members to make informed decisions about whether a resident needs a new service or a more intensive level of care.

The ACA, CVS, and the Truth Initiative Hand Out $1.2 Million in Grants

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With more than two decades of experience in the construction field, Tony DiTucci serves as the vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, in Pittsford, New York. In this position, he oversees various commercial and residential real estate developments. Outside of his professional life, Tony DiTucci is a committed philanthropist and supports organizations such as the American Cancer Society.

Earlier this year, the American Cancer Society partnered with the CVS Health Foundation and the Truth Initiative to roll out new grant funding for colleges nationwide that are working to make their schools totally tobacco and smoke free. Each of the organizations has made a commitment to bring forth the first generation of tobacco-free students at these schools and has committed a large amount of money toward that effort.

In total, the group awarded $1.2 million in grant funding to 126 colleges. The recipients represent a wide range of institutions, including state-based schools, historically Black colleges and universities, and community colleges.