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Local ABC chapter wins national honors

April 07, 2003

The Associated Builders and Contractors held its national convention March 12-16 in San Diego.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of ABC, based in Hagerstown, received the following awards:

  • National HVAC/R Competition. This award, given to a senior of ABC's four-year apprenticeship program, went to Jason Dungan, an employee of Nelson Plumbing and Heating of Frederick, Md.

    Each fourth-year student is required to compete in the Cumberland Valley Chapter's local skills competition. The top winner from each trade is then sent to the national convention where they compete for the national title.

  • Excellence in Safety and Health. This award recognizes superior achievement for education and services in the area of construction safety and health programs.

  • School-to-Career. This award recognizes a chapter's effort to attract and retain the future construction industry work force. That includes training provided at high school and post-secondary levels.

  • Excellence in Membership Retention. This award recognizes ABC Chapters who have successfully retained membership at a percentage of at least 90 percent.

  • Excellence in Association Management. This award follows a stringent examination of chapter management, financial management, leadership development, membership and chapter programs and services.

  • Excellence in Joint Legislative Efforts. This award is given to ABC chapters that represent a unified voice to the state Legislature. The Cumberland Valley Chapter, along with five other Pennsylvania Chapters of ABC, was awarded for their group efforts in the support of the free enterprise system. These chapters saw five bills become law and organized a statewide grassroots campaign to support its legislative agenda.

  • Excellence in Construction Training. This award came from The National Center for Construction Education and Research (an affiliate of the University of Florida). This national award recognizes accomplishments for adult and youth apprenticeship programs, educational seminars and courses.

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