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ABC Keystone Pre-apprenticeship

THIS is How We Measure Success in Workforce Development!

This is likely not the first article you have read about workforce development efforts and pre-apprenticeship at ABC Keystone, the latter something we’ve focused on for the last two years. It is certainly not the first article I have written about the topic. But there is one thing about this article makes it very different. In this article, I get to share how our program has increased the talent pipeline.

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Young Professionals Spotlight

As a Young Professional, how has your involvement with ABC Keystone helped you?
I enjoy meeting people in the industry and learning more about what people do outside of just the accounting for the business. I look forward to getting back together and networking after the pandemic.

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Member Spotlight: Penn Waste, Inc.

How does ABC provide you value?
ABC Keystone is a great partner for Penn Waste, Inc. because we are both so tightly woven in the community that it promotes a common bond with the membership. We have the opportunity to network with members and share in the questions, issues and concerns of the construction industry.

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ABC Keystone Leadership Development Series

Recognize Your Opportunity to Improve

Construction companies typically operate at a frantic pace this time of year. Contracted work deadlines are looming, field crews and project managers are being pushed for production, estimators are working on change orders and backlog for next year. It can be a very chaotic time.Typically, leaders are so far in the trenches right now, that they miss an opportunity. Now is the best time to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your business. When put under pressure and examined, the cracks in the foundation of a business will show themselves.

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ABC Keystone Merit Shop Advocacy Blog

Advocacy Update: Not So Lonely at the Top

Often it is said, “the top is a lonely place to be.” For legislators representing the south central part of the Commonwealth, that could not be further from the truth. Our region is extremely fortunate to have experienced and respected lawmakers serving in leadership capacities and chairing committees that have jurisdiction over our issues.

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ABC Keystone Message from the President

It’s That Time of Year, Again

When we hear the phrase, “It’s that time of year, again,” we think of a special date or holiday. At ABC, it means it is time to start a new year of apprenticeship classes. What will the 2020/2021 school year look like? The good news is we have learned a lot from having to finish the 2019/2020 year virtually due to COVID-19.

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A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

Message from the Chair: Planning for the Future

Every September, the ABC Keystone Board of Directors hosts an annual strategic planning meeting where board members, committee chairs, and other chapter leaders come together to review and evaluate the current strategic initiatives and tweak them for the upcoming year. Every three years this process takes a deeper dive to determine if a new direction needs to be considered.

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ABC Keystone Merit Shop Advocacy Blog

Welcome to the ‘Silly Season’

The political parties have officially nominated their candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. As part of that process, the Republicans and Democrats hold national conventions to conduct business and hear from prominent leaders. While one can argue we have been there for quite a while, we are now in the thick of election year politics, otherwise known as the “silly season.”

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ABC Keystone Training Facility

ABC Keystone Apprenticeship & Training Trust Graduates 92 Craft Professionals

ABC Keystone Apprenticeship & Training Trust (KATT) is pleased to announce ninety-two Craft Professionals have graduated in seven apprenticeship trades, including: Carpentry, Construction Craft Laborer, Electrical, Heavy Equipment Operator, HVAC, Plumbing and Sheet Metal. The ABC Keystone Apprenticeship & Training Trust manages and operates nine PA-Registered Apprenticeship programs sponsored by Associated Builders & Contractors, Keystone Chapter.

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