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Keystone ABC Reaches Out to PA School With Construction Club

Wed December 03, 2003 - Northeast Edition

Keystone Chapter, Associated Builders & Contractors Inc. (ABC), is sponsoring a construction club for students at J.P. McCaskey High School to promote construction careers to young adults.

The club will be affiliated with Learning for Life, a division of the Explorer program of the Boy Scouts, and the School District of Lancaster’s community-based learning concept. Lancaster General Hospital also has partnered with the association for a kick-off celebration by donating their facilities for the event, as well as offering their site for return visits to view the progress of the construction work.

Students at McCaskey met with club advisors including ABC members John Hayden from Frey Lutz Corp., and Heidi Brady from Wohlsen Construction, school personnel, and representatives from Learning for Life to plan many upcoming events, including a kick-off celebration at Lancaster General Hospital. The purpose of the celebration was to introduce the club to parents and the community.

The club is open to both male and female students in 10th to 12th grades and will meet after school monthly. Currently, the club is comprised of 20 to 35 students and their parents. The purpose of the program is to introduce students at McCaskey to various topics of construction. A variety of activities are planned for students including field trips to local job sites, hands-on construction activities and tours of local company facilities. There also will be guest speakers, such as contractors, vendors, and associate members of ABC.

The theme for this year will be “Life of the Job,” and monthly topics will progress through the various stages of a construction project.

• Estimating and bidding

• Job start up

• Site development

• Layout and design

• Building stages from foundation to finish work

• Finish work

• Inspections and job close-out.

For more information, call 717/653-8106 or visit