A new construction pre-apprenticeship program in York County has its inaugural class.
The York County Alliance for Learning, in partnership with Kinsley Construction Inc. and the company’s Kinsley Education Center, today announced the 2017-18 class for the program, which was created last year to help address an expected shortage of construction workers in the years ahead.
The construction industry has experienced steady growth following the last recession. But the average worker is getting older and it can be a challenge finding skilled tradespeople for some projects because some people left the industry when times were slow, industry professionals have said.
The first group in the program includes 13 students from seven midstate high schools.
The York County Community Foundation’s Fund for York County provided grant funding for the new program, which will be offered to high school seniors.
Students enrolled in the program will complete foundation courses in basic blueprint and math at their high schools via an online learning module. Students also will have a series of on-site practicum sessions at the Kinsley Education Center, which will provide them OSHA training, introduce them to department leaders at Kinsley and provide on-site training in the construction industry.
Students accepted into the program are:
- Reed Meyers and Steven Myers (Cedar Cliff High School)
- David Broughman, Robert Menas and Zachary Zeigler (Dallastown Area High School)
- Dawson Collins (Red Lion Area High School),
- Jacob Sager and Jack Schneider (South Western Senior High School)
- Samuel Odegaard and Tucker Senft (Susquehannock High School)
- Jeremiah Franklin (West York Area High School)
- Andrew Frantz and Thomas Hoover (York Suburban Senior High School)