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

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!*

This is the Part II of the Graduate interviews. Please click here to read Part I.

Justin Cramer, Benchmark Construction Co., Inc.
Trade: Carpentry
Hometown: Ephrata
What led you to your craft?
“Working with my hands.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“Being able to do something different each day.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“Work hard and don't be afraid to ask questions.”

John Donegan, Meadow Valley Electric, Inc.
Trade: Electrical
Hometown: Lancaster
What led you to your craft?
“I was just interested in how things worked.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“When you apply power to what you’re working on, and it works.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“Keep working hard.”

Nathan Maughan, Legacy Electrical Services, Inc.
Trade: Electrical
Hometown: Columbia
What led you to your craft?
“When I was in high school, I had a friend who was an electrician that I would help out from time to time. I decided to get into the trade after working with him.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“I really enjoy doing any kind of electrical work up on a boom lift. I like the birds-eye view.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“Sometimes, especially at the beginning when you are just learning, everything can seem kind of overwhelming. But, if you stick with it, electrical work is really a lot of fun and is well worth the time it takes to learn.”

Zach Rhoads, Benchmark Construction Co., Inc.
Trade: Carpentry
Hometown: Willow Street
What led you to your craft?
“I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“I like working with my hands and enjoy seeing what I have created when I'm done.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“Always be willing to learn from the seasoned carpenters who work alongside you.”

Tyler Strunk, Dolan Construction Inc.
Trade: Carpentry
Hometown: Reading
What led you to your craft?
“Wanting to work with my hands and build things.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“Being active and always learning something new.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“Stay focused and really think about your career choice.”

Jeremy Weaver, The Farfield Company
Trade: Electrical
Hometown: Reinholds
What led you to your craft?
“I had an opportunity to start as a laborer on a job, and I really liked the work. After a few months, I applied for the apprenticeship and was accepted.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“My favorite part about this craft is that it is challenging and requires hard work. When I go home I feel good about what I did that day.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“Work hard, be eager to learn, and always carry a notepad and pen.”
 
*Apprentices featured in random order – additional apprentices will be featured in upcoming blog postings.
Read Part I here.


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

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Visit: abckeystonecenter.org to learn more about apprenticeship.

Contact: Cindy DeWire at 717-653-8106.