Employee Development ABC Keystone

New & Exciting Leadership Education in 2022

By: Barbara Holtzapple, ABC Keystone Director of Education

• Starts 3/16 – Construction Estimating
• Starts 4/5 – Basic Construction Spanish
• 4/7 – Emotional Intelligence in the Field: Keeping Your Cool When No One Else Does

ABC Keystone has some fresh, new courses that provide innovative, interactive, and individualized pathways to team management. It all kicks off with Basic Construction Spanish, and Construction Estimating, and then it continues into April with our Field Leader 2.0 course “Using Emotional Intelligence in the Field.”

Construction Estimating
Taught by Tim Sullivan
This class makes its ABC debut on March 16. It will meet weekly from 8 am-11 am for six weeks and will introduce the types of cost estimation from the conceptual design phase through the closeout process of a construction project. In addition, the course highlights the importance of controlling costs and how to monitor project cash flow using interactive, hands-on activities. Topics also include: post contract, cost estimation within a project, cost control methods, close out period, project cash flow, technology trends, program cost estimating, and lean principles.

Basic Construction Spanish
This class will be taught in two weekly sessions for eight weeks for maximum retention and impact. Held in partnership with Tec Centro, the class is limited to the first 12 registrants. It will feature basic conversational language as well as construction and safety-specific terms. The class is recommended for field leaders and others who work directly with ESL (English as a Second Language) individuals; no prior Spanish classes are needed to succeed in this course. The classroom experience will be interactive and designed with activities to build confidence and solidify foundational learning. Basic Construction Spanish will meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 – 5 pm at ABC Keystone.

Field Leader 2.0 Series
For those field leaders looking to further their skills beyond and in addition to the Superintendent Training Program, the Education Committee has developed the “Field Leader 2.0 Series,” which will meet four times a year from 7-9 am at ABC. The first topic is “Using Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in the Field: Keeping Your Cool When No One Else Does.” Becoming more aware of how EQ impacts performance, teamwork, and engagement is the first step to becoming more successful in stressful jobsite situations. Lisa Murray, Director of Human Capital Solutions at Wohlsen Construction Company, will lead the session featuring an interactive role-playing workshop and sharing of best practices among peers.

Contact Barbara Holtzapple at the Chapter Office
(barbara@abckeystone.org or 717-653-8106) with questions, suggestions, to join the Education Committee, or to customize any of ABC Keystone’s Educational courses for your company.


If you have suggestions for the Education Department or would like to join the committee, reach out to Barbara Holtzapple at barbara@abckeystone.org. ABC Keystone’s Education Committee meets the first Tuesday of the month from 7:30-8:30 am. New members and fresh ideas are welcome!


Posted March 10, 2022