Announced by Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS):

The Masonry Program at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, under the direction of instructor Mike Campanile, has been awarded a $3,000 grant by the Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) Foundation.

The grant will help provide funding for a new hydraulic-dump mortar mixer. The program’s current mortar mixer is over 30 years old and no longer current in today’s industry standards. While the program does have many current, high tech tools, such as dustless saws and professional grade hand tools, operating a powerful, hydraulic mortar mixer is a must in today’s masonry industry.

The Carroll County Career and Technology Center’s Masonry Program has been putting high school masonry students into industry for decades. The current program provides over 30 students per year an opportunity to fill a huge void in today’s workforce. It has supported the local community (and beyond) with many projects, including brick sign holders for local fire departments and schools, a bell base for the Historical Society of Carroll County, a brick oven for the Culinary Arts Program, concrete reef balls for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a stunning Memorial to honor the 911 victims that features an actual I-Beam recovered from the South Tower, and many custom fireplaces, fire pits, and mailboxes for local customers.

According to instructor Mike Campanile, “Nothing is more productive in supporting the passion of masonry than if a student gets to be a part of a real-life project. We strive for the highest of industry standards as our students graduate and move into this trade.”

The BC&E Foundation distributes grants to various schools and institutions that specialize in quality construction and design programs. Its mission is to build the construction industry’s future workforce by promoting and supporting education and building programs that are beneficial to the recognition, development, and growth of the Greater Baltimore construction industry.

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Scott E