The ABC Construction Prep Academy has kicked off the 2016 – 2017 school year. Featuring a variety of juniors and seniors from local high schools, the Prep Academy prepares students for careers as Craft Professionals by providing an overview of the many construction trades available through Associated Builders and Contractors. Our students combine technical education with hands-on learning and gain first-hand experience in construction. The ABC Construction Prep Academy was founded by J.R. Gaylor as way for students interested in craft training to begin their careers as craft professionals while completing their high school requirements.

The Academy features two programs: Prep Academy I and Prep Academy II. Prep I students are given an overview of the trades offered at ABC, with each area supplemented with necessary safety certifications, such as OSHA 10, and relevant field trips to active job sites. Prep Academy II (for high school seniors only) allows for students to enroll in the adult apprenticeship program at ABC (Level I in the trade of their choice), so that they can get head start among their peers on a career in the skilled trades.

ABC members have been great supporters of the students in our academy, offering tours of job sites, sending skilled tradesmen to our lab to assist with hands-on learning, and by working with ABC to arrange summer internships for students to gain relevant work experience.

“The ABC Prep Academy offers our students real-word, hands-on experiences not found anywhere else.  Students who stay in the program have the opportunity to begin their apprenticeships in the trades their senior year.  How great is that?” – Mark Wilkinson, Internship Coordinator, Noblesville High School

If you think your student body could benefit from joining the ABC Construction Prep Academy, please contact Claude Street (information above) or call (317) 596-4950 for more information.


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.  Visit us at

If you would like more information on our Prep Academy, please contact our Community Liaison:
Claude Street