The Keystone Technical Institute announced last week that its trade programs for Electrical Lighting & Installation and Electrical Residential & Commercial have been endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association, the voice of the home building industry in Pennsylvania. The Electrical program occupies a dedicated 4,000 square foot facility 1.5 miles from their main building on Linglestown Road in Harrisburg, PA.
“Keystone Technical Institute is committed to providing career training programs that benefit both our students and employers. Students benefit by gaining the trade specific and soft skills employers are looking for in their employees, and employers gain a resource to find qualified electricians,” according to David W. Snyder, Keystone Technical Institute President. Snyder also states “the endorsement by the PBA adds to our recognitions for our electrical training programs”.
The endorsement of a trade program involves a comprehensive review and evaluation by professionals working in the construction industry, using criteria established by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The program is also recognized by the Department of Education and endorsed by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators. Endorsement certifies that trade programs will properly prepare students for a career in the industry with foundational knowledge in the various building trades.
PBA works with schools around the state to certify their various home building courses, verifying that they meet NAHB educational guidelines. Students who complete PBA-certified programs can take tests that demonstrate their skills in their program’s core competencies. The students’ certification provides reassurance to future employers that they are well-prepared for work with a residential construction company or subcontractor. PBA members are also provided exclusive access to the contact information of these students to directly discuss employment opportunities.
“PBA is committed to a viable, high-quality construction industry and the workforce to support it. Through our Endorsed Trade Program, we can create a stronger future workforce and provide students with recognized certification and other benefits, like building a network of ties in the community through connections with PBA members, locals and local student chapters,” according to Peter Gallagher, 2015 PBA President.
Further information about the program can be found at pbaendorsedtrade.org.