PCMA Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Committee arranges for tool bags, filled with tools of the masonry trade, to be distributed to the top masonry students at the secondary and post secondary levels across the state.

Tool Bag Awards to Top Students

Pennsylvania Masonry Instructors with Tool Bags awarded to their top students
Pennsylvania Masonry Instructors with Tool Bags awarded to their top students

The following awards were distributed for 2022:

Admiral Peary AVTS: Nathan Mertens
Beaver County Career &  Technology Center: Anthony Cousar
Bedford Co. Technical Center: Nicholas Dawson

Berks Career and Tech Center: Sam Berryman
Bethlehem Area Vocational Tech School: Dylan Sloss
Career Institute of Technology: coming soon
Career Technology Center of Lackawanna Co: Nicholas Lathrop
Central Westmoreland Career & Tech Center: Andrew Huff
Clearfield County Career & Tech Center: Zack Bratton
Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Tech School: coming soon
Dauphin County Technical School: coming soon

Essex County Schools of Technology: Yaldioel Encarnacion
Eastern Westmoreland: Jacob Brisky

Fayette County Career & Technical Institute: coming soon
Fulton Co. Area Vocational Tech. School: coming soon

Greater Altoona Career & Tech Center: Mason Young
Indiana County Tech Center: Timothy Reichenbach
Lebanon Co. Career & Technology Center: Cameron Gardner
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute: Peter Keller
Monroe Career & Tech Institute: coming soon
Northern Westmoreland CTC: Isaac Kalley
Reading-Muhlenberg CTC: Edward Frias Vega
Somerset County Technology Center: Jacob Baughman
Sun Area Career and Tech Center: Nathaniel Sizer
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology: Owen Marsh
The Williamson College of the Trades: Ryan Fallon
Upper Buck AVTS: Blaise Goodwin
Western Area CTC: Luca Denuzzio
Wilkes-Barre, AVTS: Kristopher Fonseca
York County School of Technology: Brent Shaffer

PA Skills Winners

PA Skills Winners 2022

At the competition held April 7, 2022 in Lebanon, PA the following students won awards:

Secondary School
1st Place - Cash Award from Masonry Instructors Association of PA
Sam Berryman -Berks CTC (Mike Kern Instructor)

2nd Place - Cash Award from Masonry Instructors Association of PA
Jacob Baughman - Somerset CTC (Mark Lyons Instructor)

3rd Place - Cash Award from Masonry Instructors Association of PA
Graham Schaffer - Lebanon CTC (Josh Boettner Instructor)

Post Secondary School
1st Place - Cash Award from PCMA
Ryan Fallon - Williamson College of the Trades (Pete Zwolak Instructor)

2nd Place - Cash Awardfrom Masonry Instructors Association of PA
David Weaver - Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (Mike Gardner & Chad Hummel Instructors)

Congratulations to these fine students!

Masonry Instructors Association (MIA)

Organized as a committee of PCMA, the Masonry Instructors Association provides a forum for communication within the secondary and post secondary masonry instructors throughout the State of PA and the Mid-Atlantic region. Masonry Instructors Association members have a voice to advocate for masonry through the PA Department of Education and with the individual Career and Technical Centers statewide. The input of this group is important to the agenda for the Masonry Instructors Workshop and other initiatives related to Workforce Development efforts by PCMA.

2021 Officers
Jason Sheridan (President)
Doug Walt (Vice President)
Mike Kern (Treasurer)

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14th Annual Masonry Instructors Workshop

The 14th Annual Masonry Instructors Workshop was held September 30, 2019 at Williamson College of the Trades in Media, PA. 28 Masonry Instructors from both PA and MD attended this important educational event to get up to date information on what they should know to teach our future masons. The focus this year was on innovation and technology. Presentations on the new Direct Design and Masonry IQ software were presented and the Mule was demonstrated. Jean Kelliher from the PA Depart of Education Vo-Tech division presented as well as Superior Clay for fireplaces and Exact Match Masonry Staining.

The Masonry Instructors Association Meeting was held as well so it was a very full day. During the meeting, they elected officers for 2020 – President, Jason Sheridan (CTC Lackawanna Co.), Vice President, Doug Walt (Central Westmoreland CTC) and Treasurer, Mike Kern (Berks CTC). They will continue to develop a masonry student event at one or more locations in PA that will work for each school as well as our members. We are proud to share that 42 masonry instructors in PA and MD are members of the Masonry Instructors Association that runs as a committee of PCMA. They meet twice a year to share ideas and learn about new masonry topics.

Daniel Hiltebeitel, Masonry Instructor, receives 2015 Distinguished Service Honorary Member Award.

Our latest inductee to the Distinguished Service Honorary Membership was honored at the PCMA Annual Holiday General Membership Meeting. This honor, for individuals who have rendered special service to PCMA and the masonry industry, is awarded periodically when the membership and Board of Directors elect someone who shows exemplary service. The 2015 winner is Dan Hiltebeitel, masonry instructor at Williamson College of the Trades.

Dan has been teaching masonry for 38 years but his contributions to PCMA and the masonry industry go far beyond that. He was instrumental in helping to form the Masonry Instructors Association, which runs as a committee of PCMA, to help give a voice to the masonry industry with the PA Department of Education and the Department of Labor and Industry as well as networking for the masonry instructors in PA and now MD. He has been a tireless advocate for getting good quality masons into the trade and is a nationally recognized expert on masonry construction and teaching. Dan is retiring at the end of the school year this year and hopes to remain active in some capacity for the industry.


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