The 2017 Graduates Craft Their Futures
Meet the Graduates – Part I

On May 24, 55 ABC Keystone apprentices will graduate and continue their paths to success. The training they have received will help to provide them with the opportunity to achieve the American Dream through a career in construction. These skilled tradespeople will go on to build our communities, and we commend them for their hard work and dedication to the industry. Meet the graduates and celebrate their achievements at the 2017 Apprenticeship Graduation & Craft Professionals of the Year Awards, 5/24. Check back weekly for additional blog postings and hear from more of our 2017 Graduates!*

Read Part II here.

Clifford Brinkman, Easy Does It Drywall
Trade: Carpentry
Hometown: New Cumberland
What led you to your craft?
“Career opportunities to learn a trade.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“Being able to point at a building and telling my kids that Daddy helped built it.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“…there will be times when someone will need guidance to do a task outside of their comfort level or abilities. That is when you'll look back at a certain class or teacher that had the same or similar situation and remember how they addressed it.”

Cody Feaser, H.B. McClure Company
Trade: HVAC
Hometown: Mechanicsburg
What led you to your craft?
“My dad works in the company.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“Different jobs all the time. Keeps you always learning.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“Nothing worth having comes easy.”

Todd Harnish, Lancaster City WWTP

Trade: Maintenance Electrician
Hometown: Lancaster
What led you to your craft?
“A master electrician who took me under his wing and began teaching me the ways of the electrical trade.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“All the new technology, all the different levels of electrical work: commercial, residential, industrial and the theory behind it all. Constant learning.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“Take in as much as you can, this trade can take you places if you know the theory behind it.”

Jonathan Leaman, Benchmark Construction Co., Inc.
Trade: Carpenter
Hometown: Lancaster
What led you to your craft?
“I like building things and seeing a bunch of materials become something useful.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“I like seeing a building begin to take shape and go from a pile of dirt to a concrete slab, then continue to grow into a work of art.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“You get out of the program what you put into it. Slack off, and you won't get anything out of it. Work hard and try to learn, and you will become valuable. The knowledge is there, and the instructors have experience. Ask questions, put forth effort, and you will excel!”

Mark Reisinger Jr., Haller Enterprises, Inc.
Trade: Plumbing
Hometown: Columbia
What led you to your craft?
“The craft of designing and building things with pride and joy.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“I enjoy learning new things and figuring things out in different and more efficient ways.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“Take the time you have and spend it wisely. Take the time to soak up everything you can learn to make yourself a better person.”

Pamela Sheets, J.D. Eckman, Inc.
Trade: Road Construction
Hometown: Mifflintown
What led you to your craft?
“Family.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“Learning new things.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“Take advantage of every opportunity you have to learn whatever you can while in class.”

David Strawser-Ortiz, J.D. Eckman, Inc.
Trade: Heavy Equipment Operator
Hometown: Quarryville
What led you to your craft?
“Interest in this line of work.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“I just genuinely love doing what I do.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“Take in every single piece of information you can, whether it be good or bad.”

*Apprentices featured in random order – additional apprentices will be featured in upcoming blog postings. Read Part II here.


Careers in Construction are in high-demand now more than ever.

Get paid to train and begin crafting your high-paying career today!

Visit: abckeystonecenter.org to learn more about apprenticeship.

Contact: Cindy DeWire at 717-653-8106.