ABC Delaware is the first chapter in the country to develop student chapters in the local high schools. The student chapters were formed in January 2002 in three (3) New Castle County Vo-Tech School district schools: Delcastle Technical High School, Hodgson Vocational High School, Howard School of Technology.
The student chapters are open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students in the following career areas: Technical Drafting, Sheet Metal, Electrical, Welding, Plumbing, Electronics, Masonry, General Construction, Small Engine, Carpentry, HVAC, and Technology. Student requirements are the following:
- Minimum of 2.0 GPA
- Recommended by vocational instructor
- Recommended by counselor/co-op coordinator
The Student chapters meet once a month during the student activities period in the school day. This provides the opportunity for all members to attend the meetings without concern for transportation issues. The chapters elect their own officers and have both a school and ABC member sponsor.
The purpose of the program is to help students in their career exploration along with developing leaders and leadership skills for the students.
ABC Delaware student chapters are the first of its kind in the country. Normally chapters are formed at the university/college level. Our intent was to develop leadership skills with high school students and encourage their continued participation in the construction trades. Our current chapters have over 100 members
- Delcastle High School – 35 students
- Hodgson Vo – Tech – 32 students
- Howard School of Technology – 21 students
- St. George's Technical High School - 31 students
We believe the formation of student chapters at the high school level will encourage students to pursue a career in construction. We believe that our model will be the start for forming these student chapters in ABC chapters around the country.