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

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


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 Part III of the Graduate interviews. Please click to read Part I and Part II.

Chad Foor, Foor Home Services
Trade: Electrical
Hometown: Martinsburg
What led you to your craft?
“I wanted to learn a trade that would be least affected by an unstable economy.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“Working with homeowners to make their homes safe and enjoyable.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“You have to go into the trades with a "long view" or you will not make it.”

Mike De Jesus, Lancaster Electric, Inc.

Trade: Electrical
Hometown: Lititz
What led you to your craft?
“I saw it as a way to help people. Also, I wanted to know how electrical works.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“I like going to new places and meeting new people.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“Don't always assume. Make sure you’re doing something right or wrong. Then, if you’re wrong, admit to it. Don't let the next guy take your blame.”

Bill Diehl, Frey Lutz Corp.
Trade: Plumbing
Hometown: Craley
What led you to your craft?
“I like working with my hands and using knowledge that I learned from other people to better myself at work and abroad.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“To be able to say I did the plumbing or pipefitters in that building as I drive by.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“To build a strong work ethic. Always do better and look beyond what is in front of you.”

James Seefeldt, Wohlsen Construction Company
Trade: Carpentry
Hometown: Parkesburg
What led you to your craft?
“Infrastructure is the key to humanity.”
What is your favorite part of your craft/career choice?
“Being able to fix and understand buildings. I love doing it.”
What advice do you have for future apprentices?
“Stick with it! Everyone needs a roof over their head.”

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


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.