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Construction Students Get Hands-on Training With Concrete Pour

Students in Lincoln Trail College’s construction program got the chance to experience an actual concrete pour. The students teamed up with Consolidated Concrete to pour a floor for the program’s new lab building.

“I’ve been teaching them about concrete work and we’ve been preparing the building,” said instructor Clint Crossen. “Our students have not been able to be involved in a concrete pour of this scale until now.”

Kip Randolph and Consolidated Concrete offered their services to help the students. Crossen said it was a great partnership because the students were able to get some professional experience. Randolph and his employees worked directly with the students and offered them advice on how to properly do the job.

“It’s extremely important for our students to get this hands-on experience,” said Crossen. “We want our students to actually get involved and get into the concrete and get a feel for it. It’s one thing to talk about it or even view it in a video. It looks easy, especially when a professional is doing it, but when you get your hands in there and you start pulling that concrete or dragging that concrete or trying to keep that concrete level, it’s a whole different ballgame.”

Randolph says the construction program at LTC is important because it offers students the chance to get real world experience. “There’s so many holes today in trades and guys don’t learn that ability or they try to learn it on their own. To have a program that gives them some skills makes them a lot more desirable to be hired.”

LTC’s good reputation is one of the reasons why Brian Stutesman chose to attend the college. He believes that it is one of the best places in the area to learn about construction and he really appreciates that students do get the chance to do a lot of hands-on work. Stutesman says this concrete project is just one example of that.

“We started by laying down our flooring, then we worked in the wire mesh and then we added the concrete. We’ve been floating it, raking it, and having a lot of fun doing it.”

Crossen says projects like this give students a feeling of accomplishment because they are actually doing it themselves. He says that takes the learning experience to a whole different level.

According to Crossen, students will continue to work on other facets of the building, including the exterior. Once complete, students will be able to use the building to work on larger projects that will continue to give them real world experience.

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