Recently, The Cement Masons Apprenticeship Program, Concrete Strategies, Job Corps and the North Technical High School Construction Trades Program came together to build a wheelchair access sidewalk in the upcoming Sensory Garden at Ackerman School.
Approximately 40% of the Ackerman students are wheelchair bound and the construction of the sidewalk will allow them to go into the garden area to see, touch and smell the flowers, as well as, to experience the birds and butterflies.
The North Technical Construction Trades Program and the Ackerman staff are greatly appreciative of the following individuals and companies involved.
- Mr. Tom Maddox of the Cement Masons Local 527 Apprenticeship Program for his hard work and preparation to make this happen. Mr. Maddox built the forms and organized the plan to pour and finish the work.
- Mr. Anthony Stratmann – Cement Mason Apprentice – Mr. Stratmann worked along side of Mr. Maddox to help guide the students in properly handling the concrete during the pour and displayed his current training skills as Mr. Maddox guided him through the process.
- Mr. Pat Moriarity from Concrete Strategies for helping plan the materials and allowing his workers to come in and prepare the site prior to the final pour. Concrete Strategies has become a big part of the North Technical Construction Trades program by interacting with the students during the school year to prepare them for the trades industry.
- The Job Corps Cement Masons program for allowing their students to participate in the finish work.
- William Grace, Jason Turner and Richard Williams, these young men came in with ready to work attitudes and worked hard the entire time.
- Mr. George Davis – Job Corps Cement Masons Instructor who worked alongside with his students as he guided them throughout the project.
- A special thanks goes to the following North Technical upcoming Construction Innovations students for their hard labor work by moving concrete to the pour location. These young men worked hard and fast to make sure that job got done quick and efficiently! Thanks goes to Vincent Brown, Pereze Dodd and Cameron Farrell. These young men will be part of the COI program to get ready for the trades industry in their future.