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HSTTP Continues to Expand its Reach continued After meeting Ms. Rowe in the beginning of this process, we offered to help in any way we could as code professionals. She asked if we could have a couple of code officials review their current masonry programs curriculum and make suggestions to the masonry review advisory board. Randy Pearce, Building and Fire Inspector in Emporia, Va., and Sean Farrell, President of VBCOA, and I volunteered to review the curriculum. We all voiced the importance of teaching tech students the building codes and suggested adding them to the curriculum, among other suggestions. When the review process was completed we received a nice thank you from Ms. Rowe and the extended appreciation of the Virginia DOE. We believe our willingness to assist when asked went a long way to proving our commitment to the technical school system. Now the VBCOA is working diligently to organize code officials to extend a greeting to their local technical high schools and provide information about the HSTTP. We have been assisting with presentations and providing any additional information requested. After one such VBCOA meeting where we met Paula Johnson, Senior Property Code Enforcement Inspector in Prince William County, things started happening. Paula has experience with how things work in the technical school system. Her daughter attended a tech school and Paula was instrumental in getting a cosmetology class organized for her daughter and friends so they would not have to ride the bus an hour to another school for their class. Less than an hour after I left the meeting, I received a call from Paula. She had stopped at her local tech school, explained the HSTTP and had already arranged a meeting. She invited us to a SkillsUSA run-off competition at Stafford Tech and arranged for us to have a booth at the regional SkillsUSA competition—a two day event. Paula kept the momentum going by having Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center join the HSTTP. The electrical instructor at Spotsylvania, Kermit Davis, is taking the lead for the schools in his region, and setting up the pilot program. VBCOA is working with Stafford and Northern Neck to get additional programs up and running in September. In late December we were contacted by Harry Hintz, who teaches Codes in Construction at the Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT), concerning the ICC’s HSTTP. A meeting was arranged on December 15 and attended by me, John Eby, President of PENNBOC, Steve Bielskie, PENNBOC’s State Education Committee Chairman, and Gabriel Bocchino, a high school student from Harford Technical High School in Bel Air, Md. (where the HSTTP originated) who currently has 3 Certificates of Achievement (COAs) and the ICC’s Residential Inspectors certification. We met with Hintz, instructor Barney Kahn, V.P. for Workforce Development Tracy Brundage, and the school’s Dean Marc Bridgens. We had a wonderful tour of their facility and saw various projects the students at PCT had completed. PCT educates their students to be prepared to enter the workforce as construction foremen, superintendents and project managers. They offer an A.A. and B.A. degree in construction management and their students are recruited by the top builders across the country. We are pleased to announce PCT offered our curriculum to their students when they returned from their 2014 winter holiday break. Harry Hintz is currently re-writing the curriculum to make the HSTTP a required course and offering their students the next level of opportunity from the ICC to obtain inspector and plans examiner certification while at PCT. The other news from this meeting is that PCT is interested in having Gabriel Bocchino, our first student to pass From left to right: Gabriel Bocchino, Harford Technical High School student; John Eby, President of PENNBOC; Steve Bielskie, PENNBOC State Education Committee Chairman; and Harry Hintz Pennsylvania College of Technology’s code instructor. APRIL 2015 | 31


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