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High school construction builds opportunity for student job shadow

Kristianna Stanley has been interested in construction for as long as she can remember. She got her start helping in her family business, All Puget Sound Asphalt Paving. Since then, she has excelled in the Construction Trades program at Sno-Isle TECH.

Kristianna Stanley

Kristianna Stanley

As part of the Construction Trades program, Stanley worked with her classmates to build a home for a low income family in our state. She graduated from Lake Stevens High School (LSHS) in June and will begin at Everett Community College (EVCC) this fall before transferring to Central or Eastern Washington University to study construction management. Her goal is to own her own company. She’s no stranger to work, and the importance of good customer service. Stanley has worked at Taco Bell for the past three years.

While at LSHS, Stanley shadowed Nicole Brown, a senior project manager from Parametrix who is managing the modernization and expansion of the school. Stanley learned about this opportunity from her DECA teacher, Karen Morton.

“Kristianna was very thoughtful with her questions and was particularly interested in how the work was sequenced,” said Brown. “I was able to take her to different areas of the building that are in various stages of completion so she could see the sequence of construction from framing to finishes. The three main skills a construction manager needs are organization, communication and leadership—I saw those in Kristianna."

Stanley earned a $2,000 college scholarship from the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens and a scholarship from EVCC for three quarters of paid tuition.

There are numerous Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities for Lake Stevens students. Learn more about CTE and the programs of study.