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Sixty teenagers in Greenville recently participated in the Benjamin Franklin Experience, a nonprofit summer program that provides day-in-the-life experiences in various careers including science, engineering, music, journalism, medicine and construction.

The program was cohosted and sponsored by CarolinaPower, a regional electrical contractor, and construction firm Brasfield & Gorrie.

Participants fabricate lighting fixtures in CarolinaPower’s warehouse. (Photo/Provided)“Exposing students to careers in construction is essential to helping our industry develop the next generation of builders,” said Ben Barfield, Brasfield & Gorrie vice president, in a news release. “Across our company’s footprint, we partner with a variety of programs to help attract and retain new and diverse members of the construction workforce while giving back to our local communities. This program will benefit the Upstate community by equipping young people with knowledge about viable career options while helping strengthen our industry as a whole.”

The program provided participants with the opportunity to fabricate lighting fixtures in CarolinaPower’s warehouse. They also visited a Brasfield & Gorrie jobsite in Greenville, where they installed parking garage lighting fixtures manufactured by Hubbell Lighting, according to the release.

“As an electronics manufacturer we believe in encouraging and inspiring the next generation of engineers and trade professionals,” said Michael McCullough, director of public relations at Hubbell Lighting, in the release. “That’s why we jumped at the chance to partner with BFE on this initiative.”

Chris Moore, CarolinaPower vice president and general manager, said “we are successfully changing the future of the construction industry by sharing our passion for the craft, and this is just the beginning.”

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