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Kiel Students Learn About Construction Skilled Trades at Concrete Pour

Date: Dec 28, 2023 8:07:13 AM | Author: Tracy Lisowe

The mission of Kiel Area School District (KASD) is to provide an opportunity for each student to receive a future-focused education for the pursuit of achieving excellence in their lifelong pursuits.

In the spirit of mentoring students through our K-12 school partnerships in support of KASD’s mission, Superintendent Steve Julka coordinated a jobsite visit with Kiel Tech Ed teacher Ted Bonde for his class to visit a concrete pour happening onsite at Kiel Castle Theater.

Kiel High School Tech Ed Class observes concrete pour onsite in school with CD Smith Construction superintendent and laborer

As Steve and the C.D. Smith crew were working on the first of three pours, Ted Bonde asked and relayed information from Carew Concrete and C.D. Smith about the number of trucks pumping in slurry that day and what would happen the next two days.

Kiel students observed the concrete getting pumped in from inside the theater and went outside as a Carew Concrete truck was leaving before the next one came.

Carew Concrete Trucks meet CD Smith Construction workers to pump slurry into Kiel Castle Theater for onsite project at high school with tech ed student observation

The Tech Ed class planned to continue visiting the site for the next two days of subsequent pours for furthering their understanding of the process as they discussed the skilled trades opportunities involved on this job and in the future.

These visits are just a part of helping students gain exposure to many different construction career pathways, and we’re grateful to our team and Kiel Area School District for the opportunity to support their mission and the future of the industry.

Kiel High School Tech Ed Class observes concrete pour onsite in school with CD Smith Construction superintendent and laborer


Date: December 27, 2023 | Author: Tracy Lisowe


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