Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence: Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe is known for his TV show “Dirty Jobs” or for narrating the “Deadliest Catch” series and Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, but not everyone knows how much Mike gives back.

For more than a decade, Mike has been a “behind the scenes” philanthropist though his foundation, mikeroweWORKS, which he designed to reinvigorate the skilled trades. The foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in manufacturing, construction, automotive technology, and other STEM-related occupations.

Rowe also works closely with SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers, and industry that provides educational programs and competitions.

Mike is also the spokesperson for Go Build Alabama. Through the Go Build campaign, Mike educates young people on the value of learning a trade, dispels misconceptions about the construction industry, and inspires them to consider a career in the skilled trades.

Mike Rowe is a dedicated philanthropist and a friend to both skilled trades and our entire industry. Forbes identified Mike as one of the country’s 10 Most Trustworthy Celebrities in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

CII was pleased to honor Mike Rowe with the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence.