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Myers addresses ABC grads

August 12, 2005|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

In a growing county not too far from the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Del. LeRoy Myers told a group of building and contracting graduates they probably wouldn't have to worry about finding work.

"When was the last time you read in the paper that Washington County has no need for plumbers?" Myers said. "There's always going to be a need for people in your (fields)."

Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, was the guest speaker at the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors Inc.'s Apprenticeship Class of 2005 graduation Thursday night.

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The graduation was held at Four Points Sheraton.

The class of 48 students received four years of training at the Cumberland Valley Technology Center in Hagerstown in carpentry; electrical; plumbing; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Myers, who owns Myers Building Systems Inc. near Clear Spring, urged the graduates to not only to be dedicated employees but also to be involved community members and leaders.

Over time, Myers said the graduates might have the opportunity to work their way up to management and ownership positions in their trade.

"Where do you want to go from here?" Myers said. "It's going to be up to you."

The Cumberland Valley Chapter is one of 79 chapters of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) and serves more than 200 member companies in the Tri-State area, according to the chapter's Web site.

ABC board Chairman M. James Rock announced Thursday night that the Cumberland Valley Chapter has purchased the former Broadway school on Locust Street to serve as a new training center.

Classes will begin this fall, he said.

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