ADCON’s founder, Mr. Lawrence Dibor, has proven time and time again that he has the ability to take an idea and turn it into a reality. He has served on the Board of Directors of many organizations including the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) where he helped to connect the African Immigrant community with the overall African American community in Philadelphia. Mr. Dibor was the Chairman of the AAMP Celebrate Africa Committee, which he co-founded, and was in charge of organizing and conducting the African Art and Cultural Festival 2006.
Mr. Dibor served on the African Arts, African Voices Community Committee as a representative of the African Community in the Philadelphia Area. This committee was in charge of organizing a four to five month long exhibit and several related events at the world-recognized Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Mr. Dibor is the founder and Interim President of the Igbo-Nigerian Community Organization, Delaware Valley. The focus of this Organization is on enriching the lives of the community’s children by providing them with a connection to the ethics and culture of the Igbo-Nigerians who have immigrated to this Country. The first meeting was held on October 3, 2009, and through Mr. Dibor’s efforts, the Community has rallied in support of the organization. Our children and youth have already started to reap some of the benefits.
As the President and Founder of ADCON Consultants, Inc., Mr. Dibor has had not only the experience of working in civic life but also in the engineering and construction industry. With his more than 30 years of professional experience this high school assistance program will be nothing less than a success.
Mr. Dibor is a member of various professional and technical organizations, including the Philadelphia Engineers’ Club where he serves as a member of the Board on Directors and Public Relations Committees, for which he serves as Treasurer. The resources Mr. Dibor has through these organizations will help to contribute to the program’s success.
ADCON’s skilled and experienced professionals will assist in making this program a success. With extensive years of experience in engineering, design and construction management ADCON’s professionals have the skills and experience necessary to properly train and mentor the students.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, ADCON Consultants, Inc. continues to be one of the leading MBE engineering and construction firms in the Delaware Valley. .
The goal of this program is to increase the number of high school or university graduates who then either obtain employment in the construction industry, or who obtain a college degree (or degrees) in engineering or construction management.
Through a mentoring program, ADCON will provide the students with a technical background that will enable them to understand the principles of engineering, design and construction. The students will have technical training for 4 hours a week with assigned homework and projects will to be performed. The program will also provide them with valuable discipline and life skills that enable them to become successful professionals in their chosen field as well as in every day life.
ADCON will focus primarily on students who are already considering a career in the construction industry or a degree in engineering, construction management or technical trades. Only students who show that they are serious, hardworking, and focused will be selected to continue their training via ADCON's program. ADCON will also assist students who have applied, are in the process of applying to, or already attending universities or technical/trade schools who offer degrees in engineering or construction management.
The Program will provide to students an understanding and appreciation of fundamental engineering and other technological activities, as well as hands-on experience and practical information in technical problem solving. The program will also educate the student in the process and requirements of becoming a licensed professional engineer, certified technician or tradesperson. Recognized individuals such as architects, engineers, project managers and administrators, technicians/tradesmen and women, and others will be invited to lectures, hold roundtable discussions, and share their experiences. Students will get opportunities to visit various types of construction sites and manufacturing companies to further their understanding of the industry. Other highlights include creating networking opportunities for the students within the construction industry, raising money from organizations and individuals for scholarships for students, recognition of students’ merits and achievements during and after completion of the program, and assist students in securing co-op education and internships in the construction industry.
Mr. Dibor and ADCON's team will hold seminars for students to enhance the mentoring program as well as giving students useful tips on how to excel and succeed in engineering design and construction management, such as technical/trades in the construction industry.
HIGHLIGHTS OF SEMINARS:
Outlining the framework for the Mentoring and Training program Providing students with an understanding and appreciation of fundamental engineering and other technological activities Providing hands-on experience and practical information in technical problem solving Educating tudents in the process and requirements of becoming a licensed professional engineer, certified technician or tradesperson Inviting recognized professionals in the industry to share their experiences Inviting current and past interns from Adcon to share their experiences as students and young engineers Questions and Answers about engineering and related technical trades will be part of the program
High School Level: Students will become familiar with the practice of engineering, design and construction in professional and trades environments. They will also understand their roles and activities in the construction and manufacturing industries. Students will be assisted in clarifying academic and professional goals, and will gain confidence by having significant knowledge and experiences to learn from and discuss. They will also develop key life skills such as motivation, communications, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, group dynamics, and research and independent study skills. Students will discover the wide variety of job opportunities available in the engineering profession and the construction and manufacturing industries.
Saving one person from a life of challenges and hardship by mentoring and providing him/her with a usable skill will save the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States a substantial amount of money over the course of his/her lifetime.
College Level: The skills learned through the proposed Mentoring Program will be the keys to a students' successful career in engineering or construction management and success as an engineer. They will prepare college students for the type of projects they will undertake in the future.
During the Mentoring Program, interns will learn the specifics that occur in every project. Clerical duties will also be performed by the intern in which they will be responsible for preparing emails, letters, memos and other transmittals. The program is geared towards shaping students into capable professional engineers, which includes instilling students with the proper work ethic and an effective way to communicate.
ADCON and Mr. Dibor have assisted many students over the past decade in expanding their knowledge and opening up opportunities in the engineering and construction management field. Many past interns have expressed their gratitude for the opportunities Mr. Dibor and ADCON have given them.
In a speech during Mr. Dibor's Award Ceremony, one of the interns, Ben, spoke on behalf of all the interns and briefly describes Mr. Dibor's Mentoring Program. In this speech, Ben stated, "In many ways, the skills that Mr. Dibor taught us were more valuable than any skill taught in the classroom. Mr. Dibor showed all of us the power of possessing a broad range of knowledge; which gave us a greater understanding of the projects we will work on throughout our career, and provided us with the greatest path to success."
In a letter to Mr. Dibor, former intern Tim expressed his gratitude by writing, "I wanted to thank you again for everything I have learned throughout my time at ADCON. You have benefited me greatly in obtaining my Masters Degree, career, and in my life."
Mr. Dibor is not only an engineer and architect. He is a mentor and teacher who is passionate about the engineering/construction field, assisting students in achieving success and exceeding expectations.
ADCON Consultants, Inc. is a full service (civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical) engineering design and construction support company. ADCON is engaging in a business expansion benefiting the community as well as the company. Accordingly, ADCON is evaluating ways and means to work with the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Federal Departments in developing a plan which will focus on helping high school and college/university students, as well as private entities, who have an interest in the construction industry, specifically in engineering design and construction, by providing mentoring, guidance, and technical training to provide them with a background which will help them to succeed in these areas. ADCON has been successful in this effort by working with Universities such as Temple, Drexel, and others by developing students as part of an engineering co-op program. Most of these students have either gone on to successful beginnings as architects, engineers or project managers, or have continued their education to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or construction related fields.