Adams County Technical Institute and Conewago Enterprises are reaping the benefits of a mutually beneficial relationship.
Representatives from the school and company met Monday when Conewago Enterprises donated a JLG lift for the institute’s construction professions program. Isaiah Bantillo was the main thread between the two groups.
Bantilla graduated from Gettysburg High School and Adams Technical Institute on June 1. Two weeks later, he and three others in his class became full-time employees of Conewago Enterprises.
“It’s great, I get paid well with great benefits,” Bantillo said.
Bantilla believes the school has properly prepared him for the new job, but a $ 60,000 donation from Conewago Enterprises will provide future graduates even more ready for the post-high school workforce. Construction instructor Dave Snyder will teach students how to use the elevator so they can start work after graduation with additional certification in the resume.
“The training they teach these young people is very useful. That’s what we need in our business, ”said Adam Hicks, vice president of risk management at Conewago Enterprises. “They have a good carpentry base, and they can get down to business pretty quickly.”
The skills Snyder’s students learned while building a home as part of the program prepare them for work on the first day at Conewago, Hawk said.
Chris Livelsberger, HR manager at Conewago Enterprises, said students like Bantillo are ideal candidates for the company’s future needs.
“You can’t replace a foreman if you need a superintendent. They need to be implemented in the company, ”Livelsberger said.
Sean Eckenrod, director of the Adams Technical Institute, said relationships with businesses like Conewago Enterprises are critical to the school’s success. He meets regularly with an advisory committee consisting of heads of local businesses who inform the institute what the workforce needs from its employees. Business leaders also visit the school to meet with students and help them complete tasks such as simulation interviews. “External reinforcement” helps students realize the importance of school lessons, he said.
“We are here to be a training center for our local businesses,” Eckenrod said.