Hard Hat Camp


Through the collaborative effort of the partners of the Hard Hat Camp, Tidewater Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College, Tidewater Builders Association (TBA), Ainslie-Widener Inc., Associated General Contractors of Virginia, Inc., Waterfront Marine Construction, Inc., S.B. Ballard Construction Co., Conrad Brothers, Inc. and Hitt Electric Corp., the camp is a two-day program for high school guidance counselors and teachers exploring education and career opportunities available for graduating students.

Participants will share ideas through open discussions and team-building activities. Local construction industry experts and area educators will present available education programs and jobs available – from labor based to technology focused. Day two consists of an onsite tour of a residential development and a commercial construction site in progress and a look at the internal operations of a large construction firm from both perspectives.


FREE Pre-Registration Required

Teachers receive $250 stipend for completion plus valuable take away reference material! and students receive $100 stipend


High school teachers and students.


  • Gain insight into a growing and in demand industry.
  • Learn about post-graduate educational and training opportunities available for students.
  • Understand the depth of the industry and employment options available.
  • Obtain first-hand knowledge of day-to-day operations within the construction industry.
  • Hear from area educators and construction industry leaders on the future of construction training and employment.


Day 1 Hard Hat Camp

TCC/PDCCC Workforce Development

Hard Hat Camp

Hard Hat Camp

Hard Hat Camp

8:30am Arrive at TCC VB Campus Pungo Auditorium, Pungo Bldg- F Sign in & Continental Breakfast
9:00am Welcome & Introduction of Program
9:15am Introduction of Partners & Perception Form
9:45am Team Construction Project
10:15am Break
10:30am Overview of Registered Apprenticeship & Presentation of Panel Partners
11:30am Working Lunch
12:30pm Trade Presentations
3:30pm End of Day 1 – Select Site Visit

Day 2 Hard Hat Camp

Commercial/Residential Office & Site Visit

Hard Hat Camp

Hard Hat Camp

Hard Hat Camp

8:30am Arrive at TCC VB Campus Pungo Auditorium, Pungo Bldg- F Sign in & Continental Breakfast
9:00am Bus Departs for Site Tour (Safety Briefing)
9:30am Site Tours
11:30am Commercial/Residential Office Visit
12:00pm Working Lunch
12:15pm Further Career Opportunities
12:45pm After Actions Perception Form
1:00pm Questions & Answers Session
1:30pm Raffle Drawing/Certificate Presentation
2:00pm End of Day 2 – Depart for Pungo Auditorium


Tidewater Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College
Tidewater Builders Association (TBA)
The Ainslie Group
Ainslie-Widener Inc.
Associated General Contractors of Virginia
S.B. Ballard Construction Company
Conrad Brothers, Inc.
Hitt Electric Corporation