Hands On: The PHMC Preservation Trades Apprenticeship Program

    07.10.18 | TSCT News

     Lancaster, PA – Three Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology students participated in the Preservation Trades Apprenticeship Program thanks to the Ddora Foundation.

    Summer is officially here and these Stevensonians are spending it learning. 

    Three students from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology are part of the PHMC apprenticeship program:

    left to right: Dylan Shanta '12, Donte Rosa '19 and Wade Regnell '19
    left to right: Dylan Shanta '12, Donte Rosa '19 and Wade Regnell '19 (missing: Crystal Krout)

    • Crystal Krout ‘19 – MFWT (Interning at Landis Valley Museum and Railroad Museum)
    • Donte Rosa ’19 – RMDL (Interning at Fairmount Park)
    • Wade Regnell ’19 – CARP (Interning at Daniel Boone Homestead)

    The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) sponsored its 13th annual summer apprenticeship program to introduce students and recent graduates of post-secondary trade schools, technical colleges and other training programs and others with building trades experience, to the preservation and traditional building trades needed to preserve Pennsylvania's historic places.

    Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology awards the Ddora Foundation’s annual Preservation Trades Summer Apprenticeships to its continuing students and recent graduates.

    Dylan Shanta '12 Cabinetmaking & Wood Technology

    Dylan Shanta ’12 Cabinetmaking & Wood Technology who interned through the Ddora Foundation working on Historic Building Restorations currently works as a Preservation Construction Specialist at the Daniel Boone Homestead.

    The apprenticeships included a free training program with an introductory one-day seminar in historic preservation and two days of hands-on training by master craftsmen in various preservation and traditional trade skills.


    The students are able to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom into the real world and building upon their foundation. These apprentices learned about historic preservation and the traditional trades through fieldwork, shop work, research and other project work. PHMC maintains a number of historic buildings at historic sites and museums throughout Pennsylvania.  The apprentices engaged in project work at several sites. 

     Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is consistently ranked as Pennsylvania’s best technical college and awards associate degrees in 22 high-demand, skilled occupations. A full listing of programs is available at www.StevensCollege.edu.

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