On January 10, 2019, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the winning submissions for Business-Education Partnership (BEP) grants, which are federally funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, WIOA. The Lancaster County Workforce Development Board was awarded $90,000 to provide local students with more opportunities to participate in work-based training programs related to in-demand technical careers. The Keystone Chapter is excited to announce that a new initiative, All ‘bout Construction (AbC) Camp for Girls, is being supported through the Lancaster Board’s BEP grant!
AbC Camp for Girls is based on a camp hosted by the ABC Eastern Chapter. The free, week-long camp is a proactive approach to address workforce shortages in the industry by providing high schoolage girls a chance to attend a camp where they can explore the construction trades, architecture, engineering, and construction manufacturing through hands-on experiences and field trips.
Goals include providing inspiration and mentoring for girls to understand they have a place in the construction industry; allowing girls to experience the construction trades through hands-on learning and building; developing greater self-esteem by teaching skills to solve challenging projects and successfully complete them; teaching foundational skills including problem solving and managing team dynamics; and, sharing information on registered apprenticeship.
A planning team will be convened to determine locations for member visits, recruit women in the industry to serve as teachers and mentors, and decide upon a project for campers. The Keystone Chapter is excited to pilot this project with the support of the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board and thanks their leadership for funding this worthwhile initiative.
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February 13, 2019