Four graduates of Columbia-Greene Community College’s Construction Technology – Historic Preservation certificate program have been lauded by C-GCC, as well as leaders in the area business community, for completion with distinction and fulfillment of all requirements.
Samantha Weber of Catskill, David Krein of Germantown, Austin VanWagner of Germantown, and Elisha Clause of Catskill each completed internships with local employers, and participated in a final, on-campus internship session in September as part of their course study.
According to Director of Career Success and Experiential Learning Kelly Ann Radzik, each student prepared portfolios that highlighted their projects and made updates to their resumes.
“After a short coaching session with Construction Tech Lab technician Johnny Moree and Director of Building and Grounds Alison Murphy, the interns were ready to gain even more practice with our team of local professionals,” Radzik said, noting that the students were not given the parameters of the exercise until moments before it started.
“Each student was provided with three opportunities to present themselves and their work in the best possible light, highlighting their professional strengths,” she explained. “The three teams of mentors provided instant feedback on both the student work and presentation skills.
“This exercise simulated the realities of the industry, where construction professionals need to be prepared to showcase their work at any time, not just during pre-scheduled interviews and consultations.”
Mentors included John Ingalls, president of GNH Lumber, with locations in Greenville, Windham, and Latham; Jock Winch, Owner of Claverack Builders in Ghent, which also served as an internship host site; Nicole Hanaburgh, vice president, Steve & Weber Plumbing of Germantown – also an internship host site; program Advisory Board Member Paul Fischer, Plant Manager, UFP Industries of Hudson, and Rob Davis, store manager of lumber, millwork, and building supply company Herrington’s in Chatham.