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Twelve Students Seeking Education in Construction-related Careers Receive Scholarships from Merit Shop Training and Research Center

MANHEIM, Pa, May 5, 2021 – Twelve deserving individuals were recently awarded scholarships from the Merit Shop Training and Research Center (MSTRC). The $14,500 in scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year brings the total to $550,350 that has been awarded by MSTRC since its inception, helping students entering a career path in the construction industry.

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A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

Reap the Value of Your Investment

As the blossoms and beauty of May abound all around us, it is a great time to reflect on the value of our membership in ABC. Let me begin by thanking many of you for attending my Inauguration on April 16, at the Marriott, in downtown Lancaster. It was great to see so many of you in person, at what hopefully will be the first and only Inaugural delayed by a pandemic. It was an unusual Inaugural for sure, one without “swearing in,” of the board, as that was done virtually and on schedule in January. Again, thank you to everyone for your support!

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ABC Keystone Merit Shop Advocacy Blog

Inaugural Virtual Advocacy Day a Success

In “normal” times, ABC of Pennsylvania holds a ‘Free Enterprise Day’ in April to advocate for policy issues important to the commercial construction industry. As we are all aware, COVID-19 continues to impact our business practices. While the Capitol Building in Harrisburg re-opened to the public in time for the spring session, gatherings are still restricted. Therefore, ABC conducted our first-ever “Virtual Free Enterprise Week,” where ABC members participated in Zoom calls with legislators serving on the House Labor & Industry Committee to educate them on House Bill 536, which would reform the journeyperson-to-apprentice mandate.

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Employee Development ABC Keystone

Employee Development Matters

The construction industry is constantly evolving. To stay relevant, companies must continually grow their talent. Making employee development a priority within your company culture ensures your team stays well-informed on industry trends, recent developments, and best practices.

Offering professional development boosts employee engagement, lowers turnover and attracts the top talent you want as part of your growing team. ABC Keystone offers continuing learning opportunities to help nurture your staff and provides a path for their development as industry leaders.

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LeaderTrak ABC Keystone

ABC Young Professionals: On ‘Trak’ for Success

In 2019, the ABC Keystone Young Professionals (YPs) Committee implemented a new program, titled LeaderTrak, to recognize their peers who exemplify the group’s mission: “We will develop the next generation of future leaders through: (1) educating YPs on the overall operations and offerings of ABC, (2) integrating YPs into other areas of ABC that align with their skills/interests, and (3) positioning committed YPs in places of increased responsibility and growing influence within ABC.”

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YP Spotlight ABC Keystone

Young Professionals Spotlight

Meet Brian Tribbitt, Financial Advisor, Stonebridge Financial Group

As a Young Professional, how has
your involvement with ABC Keystone helped you?

As a transitioning military member coming back home, ABC has provided me with an extensive network to get involved with local young professionals. ABC has been a great source of networking events and connections to local businesses. I am looking forward to continuing my participation and growing with ABC Keystone and the community in Central PA.

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Pre-apprenticeship at ABC Keystone

Workforce Development Update: April 2021

As life returns to something closer to normal, ABC Keystone is once again hosting workforce and career awareness and exploration events.

The Chapter will hold Construction Wars, its middle school career exploration event, on May 26, 27 and 28. Over 100 students from our region are expected to attend. We’re seeking volunteers to help at the hands-on stations (carpentry, electrical, tool demo, and plumbing) and there are also opportunities to lead a group for the day. Read more…

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ABC Keystone Merit Shop Advocacy Blog

Advocacy Update

In mid-March, the legislature returned from the budget hearing recess to begin the spring session. The government affairs team has been working with the legislature and promoting our public policy agenda, as approved by the ABC of Pennsylvania board of directors. The following updates are a few areas of focus on which the government affairs team is working:

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ABC Keystone We're Hiring

We’re Hiring!

Join Our Team!
HVAC Apprenticeship Full-time Instructor

ABC Keystone is seeking a full-time HVAC instructor to provide instruction in a classroom & lab setting during training school year – September to May. The instructor ensures adherence to all safety standards and practices, including oversight, care and maintenance of facilities, equipment, and materials.

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A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

Message from the Chair: Wake Up & Plan for Your Future

Everyone needs a career or a purpose to get up in the morning. In today’s fantasy world of TV, video games, 24-hour news, and Hollywood’s imaginary world, purpose seems like a dream. Drones, electric cars, computers, and many other things make reality seem far away! Well, let’s get back to reality, not ‘Reality TV’ (which is really far from reality). Let’s instead get hitched up to actual reality and chart our journey and our destination.

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YP Spotlight ABC Keystone

Young Professionals Spotlight

Meet Christina McCullough, Business Development & Marketing Manager,
Paragon Engineering Services, Inc.

What is your favorite or inspirational quote?
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
– Ferris Bueller (John Hughes)

I am sure it is not every day someone in the professional world says their favorite quote is from the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” but this quote is truly one of my favorites. One of my greatest fears in life is looking back one day and feeling like I missed opportunities or did not appreciate the special moments which didn’t seem big at the time. This quote helps to keep me grounded and to remember to stop and appreciate even the small things through all the noise and stress of a fast-moving life!

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Bullying in the workplace

Bullying in the Workplace

Have you ever been bullied? When the word “bullying” is brought up, most people automatically think this pertains to the kids throwing snowballs at recess or at the bus stop, the popular football quarterback shoving a nerd into a locker in between classes, or the mean girls in the cafeteria who won’t share a seat at their table. These examples might be true and could be how bullying can start early on in someone’s life, but bullying can also occur amongst grown adults in the workplace and make for a toxic and demotivating environment for those experiencing it.

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