KS_rampKeystone Job Corps Center Cement studies pitched in to help the Pennsylvania CareerLink construct an accessibility ramp for its Hazleton office.

CareerLink Administrator Christine Jensen reached out to Keystone to request the students’ assistance. The project provided for a challenging experience for students. It involved cutting the existing sidewalk, removing concrete, preparing the ramp utilizing forms and then performing the final pour and finish. Students learned how to work with blueprints, pour concrete a grade and work in an urban environment, all while meeting state and federal requirements.

“This job provided me with real job experience, which will help when I complete my trade,” said student Nasir Adams. “Everything had to be on time and we had to make certain we did not cause the project to be delayed. It is also great to help those with disabilities to get access to the services they need. It has been challenging but well worth it.”

CareerLink, the City of Hazelton and the Department of Labor and Industry facilitated this unique project.