EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: Elissa Johnson, Construction Technology

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2019 Construction Technology/Cheltenham High School graduate, Elissa Johnson, is a first-year apprentice at Klover Contracting. After four years, Elissa will complete her apprenticeship and become a Journeyman Carpenter, who builds, installs, and repairs structures, fixtures, and other items using different types of materials including wood and steel with the highest level of quality and efficiency. She was selected for her apprenticeship last June and plans to stay with the company long-term.

During her time in the Construction Technology program at EASTERN, Elissa proved herself to be a leader in the class. She served as an EASTERN student ambassador who spoke to potential EASTERN students about her program at various recruitment events, and was selected as the November 2018 Student of the Month.

As an apprentice at Klover Contracting, she is assigned to a different mentor every two months, which gives a glimpse into each area of the many construction trades. She has learned techniques on running a job site, ceiling structure, and dry wall framing – just to name a few. Klover Contracting also pays for Johnson to attend school at Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for the classroom portion of her apprenticeship.

Johnson’s apprenticeship program with Klover Contracting allows her to work at different job sites. She noted that they take into consideration where each employee lives when assigning a job. She works on job sites with welders, HVAC technicians, electricians, and plumbers, which has taught her how each job needs to accommodate the other.

“I learned so much about the construction industry during my time at EASTERN and I feel as though it has made me a great candidate for this apprenticeship program,” said Johnson. “I feel fortunate to have been selected by a company that truly supports women in nontraditional careers.”

Construction Technology at EASTERN first step for students interested in pursuing a successful career in the construction field. Students will work on both residential and commercial construction in the school’s lab area. For more information, please visit www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/con/.

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