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Keith D. Smith Concrete Contractor, Inc. is proud to announce the launch of our first ever Pre-Apprenticeship Program for high school students in the 2021-2022 academic year. As the idea has been discussed for some time, we are delighted to bring this program to fruition this year. In the inaugural year, the program was promoted to students from South Western and Hanover Area Senior High School in the beginning of the school year, where individuals had to fill out an application to show interest in their participation.

Our 2021-2022 co-hort consists of six pre apprentice students, all high school juniors and seniors, who have the desire to gain knowledge about and experience in the occupation of concrete construction.

Students will attend monthly sessions that are 2.5 hours in length, where they will learn about various aspects of our daily work, including but not limited to general knowledge about concrete and mix designs, safety in concrete construction, foundations and excavation, slabs, cast in place walls and tilt walls, estimating, and project management. Students will have input on their capstone project at the end of the year, where they can apply all the knowledge and skills they learned and put them to applicable use in some sort of contextual field work or shadowing experience.

Keith Smith, owner of Keith D. Smith Concrete Contractor, Inc. states, “We are excited to offer this program to students as a way to open their eyes to a viable career option where many opportunities for professional growth exist.”

“Salaries are competitive and individuals who work hard and persevere within this career, can without a doubt, live comfortably and support a family. We need to do our part in bringing all the skilled trades back to the forefront of career options available to students graduating from high school, not only for the longevity and success of our own business, but for the stability of our country.”

“We look forward to creating a lasting relationship with these students while teaching them hands on skills related to our area of expertise. Various members of our team will play a part in teaching our pre-apprentice group throughout the year, in a mix of lecture and hands on learning activities.

Stay tuned to learn more about the Keith D. Smith Concrete Contractor, Inc. Pre-apprenticeship Program what our first ever group of pre-apprentice students are up to.”

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