ABC Keystone’s All ’bout Construction (ABC) Girls Camp – 2022

Construction – It’s Not Just for Boys! Careers in Construction offer competitive salaries, unparalleled skills, potential for leadership growth, and a feeling of satisfaction. ABC Keystone encourages young women to learn more about these career opportunities during the Chapter’s All ’bout Construction Girls Camp open to girls ages 14-19 and scheduled for June 13-16, 2022. The All ’bout Construction Girls Camp provides girls the opportunity to explore careers in construction through inspiration and mentoring from industry professionals. Campers will experience several construction trades as they build skills through multiple hands-on activities. Through other individual and group activities, the girls will also gain effectiveness in problem solving and managing team dynamics. Field trips with local contractors are scheduled throughout the four days to ensure campers get to see construction in action. At the ABC Keystone training facility, attendees will utilize their newly-gained knowledge of select trades to build their very own take-home projects!

Reentry Forum for Contractors and Workforce Professionals

Maximizing Opportunities for Returning Citizens and the Construction Industry | No cost to attend! | Seeking new hires? Consider returning citizens! Gain a better understanding of “reentry,” the demographics, the data and the impact on communities. This is the first in a series of education seminars focused on hiring and retaining persons with a criminal background.

Workforce Development Update: Hello, Spring

Pre-apprenticeship - ABC Keystone

Whew. March was quite the whirlwind, with the National Craft Competition in San Antonio, Texas (congratulations to our competitors on their achievements!) followed quickly by the spring Construction Wars event. ABC Keystone welcomed more than 200 students and 40 plus educators to our facility for three days of hands-on learning. We were fortunate to receive great press coverage – both in print and TV – so if you haven’t seen it, please check out our social media where it is featured. The foundation of the event is an incredible group of volunteers that I can’t possibly thank enough. We truly have the best members in the country!

Stephanie Larkin Accepts Berks Connections/Pretrial Services (BCPS) Paul J. Hoh Life Improvement Award on Behalf of ABC Keystone

News Releases ABC Keystone

Manheim, Pa, April 19, 2022—ABC Keystone is pleased to announce the Chapter was recently nominated and selected by the Berks Connections/Pretrial Services (BCPS) award committee to receive the Paul J. Hoh Life Improvement Award. The Paul J. Hoh Life Improvement Award recognizes an individual, organization or employer that has furthered the mission of BCPS by improving the lives of incarcerated individuals, reentrants, and their families. Paul Hoh, the award’s namesake, is one of BCPS’s founders and was the first board president. The award was presented at the Annual Life Improvement Breakfast on April 19, 2022. 

Message from the Chair: Focus on Workforce Development

A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

This month we want to focus on Workforce Development. The Workforce Development Committee is tasked with showcasing careers in construction and the talents of our members. They are to build bridges between the industry and educators on skills needed and careers available for K-12 and post-secondary students. The committee and staff liaison have been hard at work for many years building those bridges.

ABC Keystone’s Construction Wars – A Middle School Hands-on Career Exploration Event – Event Is Full! Waitlist Available

Event is full! Waitlist is available | Choose Your Date: Tuesday, March 29, or Wednesday, March 30, or Thursday, March 31, 2021 | Experience Hands-on Construction Career Exploration! Over the course of three days, 200 area middle school students from our 11-county footprint will be attending this year’s Construction Wars, an interactive career exploration event to experience hands-on activities with the help of construction professionals. Interested in volunteering? Register early – this event fills up quickly!

ABC Keystone’s Construction Wars – A Middle School Hands-on Career Exploration Event – Event Is Full! Waitlist Available

Event is full! Waitlist is available | Choose Your Date: Tuesday, March 29, or Wednesday, March 30, or Thursday, March 31, 2021 | Experience Hands-on Construction Career Exploration! Over the course of three days, 200 area middle school students from our 11-county footprint will be attending this year’s Construction Wars, an interactive career exploration event to experience hands-on activities with the help of construction professionals. Interested in volunteering? Register early – this event fills up quickly!

ABC Keystone’s Construction Wars – A Middle School Hands-on Career Exploration Event – Event Is Full! Waitlist Available

Event is full! Waitlist is available | Choose Your Date: Tuesday, March 29, or Wednesday, March 30, or Thursday, March 31, 2021 | Experience Hands-on Construction Career Exploration! Over the course of three days, 200 area middle school students from our 11-county footprint will be attending this year’s Construction Wars, an interactive career exploration event to experience hands-on activities with the help of construction professionals. Interested in volunteering? Register early – this event fills up quickly!

Message from the President-CEO: Initiative…Workforce Development!

ABC Keystone President Message 12.27.22

One of the main focuses of ABC Keystone’s new three-year strategic plan is the continued expansion of our workforce development efforts. But first, we need to understand what ‘Workforce Development’ means. When I ask members for a definition, most say “getting people interested in our industry and then getting them employed.” Correct! However, that is just the first half of the concept. The second half is taking those that are already in the industry and continuing to develop them and grow their careers so we can retain them.

Celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month

Rigging Class in Shop CTE Month

Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is “a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.”