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Construction Deans Nurture Big Potential in Little Hands


The “Summer Bunch” from Penn College’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center visited a School of Construction & Design Technologies lab over two days this past week for a hands-on look at the builder’s trade. In separate visits Monday and Wednesday, the boys and girls learned about the proper use of tools; built wooden toolboxes with Marc E. Bridgens, the school dean; and were interviewed and photographed by assistant dean Carol A. Lugg. (When told that their parents could use the souvenir to carry around their tools, one girl responded, “My dad carries them one by one. He doesn’t need a toolbox.”)

– Photos by Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday; and Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean, School of Construction & Design Technologies

Safety glasses protect Logan's keen eyes so he can focus on the task at hand.
Safety glasses protect Logan’s keen eyes so he can focus on the task at hand.

Bridgens holds an informal Q&A on the tools of the trade.
Bridgens holds an informal Q&A on the tools of the trade.

Smiles after a constructive morning's work
Smiles after a constructive morning’s work

Carter contributes to the crafting of his keepsake.
Carter contributes to the crafting of his keepsake.

A show of hands confirms it: Yes, they know who "Bob the Builder" is!
A show of hands confirms it: Yes, they know who “Bob the Builder” is!

The commemorative toolboxes all carry a woodburned reminder of their Penn College origin.
The commemorative toolboxes all carry a woodburned reminder of their Penn College origin.

Ellen offers her helping hand ...
Ellen offers her helping hand …

... then sits for her official portrait.
… then sits for her official portrait.

Patiently waiting for the screw to be seated
Patiently waiting for the screw to be seated

The dean happily sits for a wrapup photo with Monday's first wave of carpentry kids.
The dean happily sits for a wrapup photo with Monday’s first wave of carpentry kids.

Humphrey adds the tongue of concentration to his toolkit.
Humphrey adds the tongue of concentration to his toolkit.

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