In preparation for Toledo public school's upcoming virtual job fair, OCP’s Chris Gunderman, General Superintendent and Jesus Quintero, 2nd year Carpenter Apprentice were interviewed to showcase to the students the benefits of a construction career path.
The goal of the career fair is to introduce students ranging from elementary to high school the variety of career opportunities and paths available.
Chris Gunderman, was selected as an excellent example of how a trade school education can launch your career. Chris attended Penta Career Center as a carpenter student, graduated and entered OCP’s apprenticeship program. As an OCP employee for 23 years, he was able to advance his career and is now a General Superintendent.
One of the most appealing parts of the industry is the evolution of construction technology and personal benefits. “The apprenticeship program continues to evolve for the better just as the industry has. Technology continues to transform construction. Here at OCP we take advantage of robotics, Total Station, and ipads for blueprints. As far as personal benefits, the healthcare, retirement, and opportunities for growth are outstanding,” Chris Gunderman explained.
Although just starting his career, Jesus Quintero is already seeing the momentum a construction career path at OCP provides. As a finalist for the Barney Paskiet Scholarship, he was able to purchase new tools to refine his craft. Jesus was not only able to find a career at a young age he is passionate about, but also greatly enjoys the comradery of the OCP team. “These aren't just my coworkers, they are my friends and I’ve learned so much from them.”