Thursday, August 1, 2013

Apprentice Program

Appalachian Trail Museum in Pine Grove (Pine Grove Furnace, PA)
The Kinsley Apprenticeship Program has an articulation agreement with Harrisburg Area Community College.  This program has met and exceeded its original expectation, giving the apprentice an opportunity of a lifetime to also obtain an Associates Degree.

Presently there are several apprenticeship programs at Kinsley.  Four-year programs include Commercial Building and Highway & Bridge.  There is a three-year Ironworking apprentice program as well.  Our apprentices come from York, Adams, Lancaster, Dauphin, Perry and Gettysburg areas and more recently, Baltimore.   At the completion of their apprenticeship, students receive their Journeyperson status from Labor and Industry.

Deb Rohrbaugh, Associate Director, spends many hours each year meeting with students and parents to share information and inspire them to prepare for acceptance in this program.  Each year applications are accepted in January and February; March brings testing and interviews and decisions are made for the August class.  Instructors for the apprenticeship program are Steve Taylor, Gary Schaeffer and Rich Miller who work very closely with the apprentices in the Building Division.  They provide classroom instruction and on the job training as well.  Kinsley supervisors, foreman, and lead men are a huge part of the apprentice program – they provide training on the jobsites.  We are looking forward to another quality year of working with our new apprentices.

This group of first- and second-year Apprentices teamed up with the Site Division for construction of a grass walkway at the Appalachian Trail Museum in Pine Grove Furnace, PA.  This walkway provides public access to the upper- and lower-level grounds outside of the Museum.  In order to keep the natural look of the trail, the access walkways were seeded to allow for grass to grow.  The Museum handrails are made of wood and have replaced the white rails as shown in the photograph.

In closing, I want to say that I am very happy to be here at the Kinsley Education Center and feel fortunate to be working with such a great group of people.  My first few months have been very busy and challenging as I become accustomed to the duties of my position.  It has been a pleasure meeting new co-workers and I look forward to many more years as a Kinsley employee and being part of this wonderful team.

Carol True
Director of Eduction

A new associate, Carol True, was hired to assume the Director of Education position in April.  Carol brings with her many years of assisting co-workers in the steel industry who took classes to enhance their abilities both on the job and in their personal lives.  Carol welcomes this opportunity and is eager to assist Kinsley associates and its affiliates in their education experiences.  In addition to training required in the construction industry, the education center has classrooms available for your training/meeting needs.  Please contact Carol at (717) 851-1053 with any questions you may have.