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On April 16 & 17, 2019 Project Cornerstone hosted our first ever Equipment Operator and Mechanic Training for high school students.  This was a unique opportunity for the Building and Construction Career Technical Education students from IDEA Center and El Capitan High Schools that have been participating in our Follow the Rock Pre-Apprenticeship program this year.  On the first day, students received instruction from Hawthorne Machinery’s certified instructor on how to operate a skid steer.  Volunteers from the industry contributed their expertise providing an opportunity for students to learn and connect with someone that operates the equipment on a daily basis.  The second day, students advanced to learn how to operate a mini-excavator.  Once again, students had direct contact with industry experts and companies that are actively looking for people to fill similar positions.  After learning to operate a skid steer and mini-excavator students received hands-on introductory training for how to maintain equipment.  With advancements in technology, a mechanic uses wrenches and laptops to support heavy equipment.  Last but not least, students sat alongside an experienced 50-ton rock truck operator as they witnessed how the equipment is essential to keep our infrastructure maintained by transporting rock used in concrete and asphalt from the ground to the processing plant.

Heavy equipment operators and mechanics are one of the positions in highest demand but the hardest to fill for construction companies.  Additionally, these jobs do not require a college degree.  Project Cornerstone is helping to address this labor challenge by introducing high school students to these fantastic careers.  This first-ever event proved to be a tremendous opportunity where companies could actively recruit, interview and connect with students that will be interested in working in construction.  The students benefited by gaining some valuable training and seeing what possibilities are available for them when they graduate.  This training was a massive success for industry and students.

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Donate today to support the next generation of the construction workers building the future of roadways, parks, buildings, and so much more! Did you know construction jobs are projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026? Help us get construction training into more schools near you by donating today. 

Support Project Cornerstone!

Project Cornerstone offers multiple types of support opportunities for corporations, organizations, and individual community members.

Corporate/Organization Sponsorships (Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze) - These support levels are designed for corporations and organizations to financially support Project Cornerstone's mission.  Membership benefits apply to the supporter's employees within San Diego County.

Individual Sponsorship - This support level is designed for individuals that want to support Project Cornerstone's mission and/or attend member events at the discount membership price.

Benefits of Supporting Project Cornerstone

Through its grassroots efforts, Project Cornerstone believes it can educate the public about the importance of mineral resources.  In turn, education will lead to a stronger public understanding of the local construction aggregates industry.  Project Cornerstone's goals are designed to create:

  • Fewer opponents against the construction aggregates industry through educational programs.

  • A boost to the local economy through well-paying jobs and more local mining operations.

  • A sustainable supply of local aggregate sources.

What does supporting Project Cornerstone include?

  • Promoting a positive image of the industry.

  • Education of younger generations through school programs and field trips that focus on the need for the construction aggregates industry.

  • Presentations covering the need for the construction aggregates industry to local groups and agencies.

  • Newsletter to report progress and activities.

  • Quarterly meetings.

Fleet Science Center Construction Crew Camp

On Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 Project Cornerstone partnered with the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center to bring our Science of Concrete program to their Construction Crew Camp. The 1st and 2nd grade campers first heard a presentation about the science of concrete, learning about the different materials; where they come from and how they are extracted. Then, campers measured out the correct amounts of water, sand, cement, recycled aggregate, and crushed rock, so they could make their own concrete. Campers then chose molds ranging from a butterfly to a football, to a truck! Amazingly, the campers were so proficient with the activity, we were able to make at least 2 molds per camper! 

Junior Achievement Summer Camp Career Fair

On Tuesday, July 17th, 2018, Project Cornerstone joined Junior Achievement of San Diego's summer camp career fair. At this event, students ranging from 6th to 8th grade were able to visit various booths set up throughout the Finance Park from local businesses and organizations. 

The Project Cornerstone booth featured a concrete making activity, where campers measured out the different ingredients that make concrete, then poured them into molds to take home. Campers learned about the science of concrete and the many jobs available in the construction industry. 

The Junior Achievement campers were thrilled with our activity and asked many important questions like: "What is the chemical formula for the reaction between concrete and water?"(called hydration), asked by a young camper. We were thrilled to answer all the camper's questions and showcase just how fascinating concrete and construction can be!

Project Cornerstone's 5th Annual Golf Tournament

Thank you for making the Project Cornerstone's Fifth Annual Golf Tournament a success!

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Project Cornerstone hosted its fifth annual golf tournament fundraiser on Friday, June 29, 2018 at the Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos.

Over 20 companies played in the tournament, 27 companies sponsored the event, and 10 companies donated to the awards and raffle prizes.

With your sponsorships, donations and registrations, Project Cornerstone raised thousands towards its educational and outreach programs!  Thank you so much for your support; we could not do this without you!

Thank you to our sponsors and donors!

Jackson Tidus - Dinner Sponsor
Granite- Golf Cart Sponsor
Hanson & RCP - Brewery Hole Sponsors
Robertson's - Beverage Sponsor
Hardrok Equipment & SESPE Consulting - Hole Exhibitors   RDO Equipment - Lowest Score and Hole Sponsor
Werner Corporation - Longest Drive Sponsor
Hawthorne CAT- Hole and Snack Sponsor
Chang Consultants - Snack Sponsor
Hester's Granite Company - Award Sponsor
Holliday Rock - Closest to the Pin Sponsor                          Certified Sand - Bag Sponsor                                                Health Insurance Services Ken Bayer - Hole Sponsor Pavement Recycling Systems - Hole Sponsor                          DIII - Hole Sponsor                                                                      P.W. Gillibrand - Hole Sponsor                                                  GCP - Hole Sponsor

West Coast Sand and Gravel - Hole Sponsor                      Baxter Drilling Co. - Hole Sponsor                                           CalPortland - Hole Sponsor                                                    Taylor Environmental Services - Double Hole Sponsor              VCE Technical - Hole Sponsor and Hat Donor                              Spragues' - Hole Sponsor
Bradford - 2 Portraits
EnviroMINE, Inc. - Polo Shirts
HELIX Environmental Planning - Golf Tees                                  Museum of Making Music - 4 Tickets                                  Rowley Portraiture - Children's Portrait                                    Sika - Golf Towels                                                                               Junior Achievement - Drink Koozies


 

Thank you to all the golfers!

TOURNAMENT WINNERS
First Place -  Hawthorne CAT
Second Place - Escondido Materials
Third Place -  Certified Sand Inc.
Longest Drive - J.D. Kline (All American)                                                                                                                                                  Longest Drive with a Marshmallow - J.D. Kline (All American)
Closest to the Pin- Max Marhenke (Superior) 
Last Place/Highest Score - RCP  

Project Cornerstone's Fifth Annual Golf Tournament Photos

Photos by Terry Tyson.

Valle De Oro Community Planning Group Presentation

Written by Alyssa Burley.

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, Crystal Howard from Project Cornerstone presented "Put the SanD Back in San Diego" to the Valle De Oro Community Planning Group at their monthly meeting held at the Otay Water District Headquarters in Spring Valley.

Crystal Howard speaking at the Valle De Oro Community Planning Group Meeting on 8/2/16.  Photo by Alyssa Burley.

Crystal Howard speaking at the Valle De Oro Community Planning Group Meeting on 8/2/16.  Photo by Alyssa Burley.

Among the audience were Joel and Jon Cloud from Hester's Granite Company, a local rock quarry located on Willow Glen Drive in El Cajon.  They were on hand to answer questions from the planning group about their experiences in the local construction aggregates industry. 

Overall, the response from the planning group was positive and they appreciated the information presented at the meeting.

The Valle de Oro Community Planning Area encompasses approximately nineteen square miles of the unincorporated portion of the County of San Diego. The Planning Area is located to the south of the City of El Cajon and to the east of the city of La Mesa. Several neighborhoods are located within Valle de Oro. Those include: Casa de Oro, Mount Helix, Vista Grande Hills and Rancho San Diego. 

Project Cornerstone Third Annual Golf Tournament

Written by Alyssa Burley.

Thank you for making the Project Cornerstone Third Annual Golf Tournament a success!

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Project Cornerstone, Inc. hosted its third annual golf tournament fundraiser on Friday, July 15, 2016 at the Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos.

Over 30 companies played in the tournament, 25 companies sponsored the event, and 13 companies donated to the awards and raffle prizes.

With your sponsorships, donations and registrations, Project Cornerstone raised $12,845 towards its educational and outreach programs!  Thank you so much for your support; we could not do this with you!

Thank you to our sponsors and donors!

Jackson Tidus - Dinner Sponsor
Hawthorne CAT - Golf Cart Sponsor
Hanson Aggregates - Beverage Sponsor
J.T. Kruer & Company - Brewery Hole Sponsor
DIII Transport & California Commercial Asphalt - Brewery Hole Sponsor
EnviroMINE, Inc. - Hole Exhibitor
Hardrok Equipment - Hole Exhibitor
Kleinfelder - Hole Exhibitor
RDO Equipment - Hole Exhibitor
SESPE Consulting - Hole Exhibitor
Associated Ready Mixed Concrete - Hole Sponsor
Barker Realty - Hole Sponsor
Chang Consultants - Longest Drive Sponsor
Cottonwood Golf Club - Hole Sponsor
Countywide Health Insurance Services - Closest to the Pin Sponsor
Granite Construction - Hole Sponsor
HELIX Environmental Planning - Hole Sponsor
M.J. Baxter Drilling - Hole Sponsor
Polydeck Screen Corp. - Hole Sponsor

RCP Block & Brick - Hole Sponsor
Robertson's Ready Mix - Hole Sponsor
Robertson's Ready Mix - Longest Drive Sponsor
Stuart Engineering - Closest to the Pin Sponsor
Superior Ready Mix - Hole Sponsor
West Coast Sand & Gravel - Hole Sponsor
Aggregates Manager - July 2016 Issue (Gift Bag)
Applied Industrial Technologies - Golf Goodies (Gift Bag)
Bradford - 16" x 20" Portrait (Raffle)
California Bank & Trust - Padres Tickets (Raffle)
Cottonwood Golf Club - Two Foursomes (Raffle)
E&J Gallo Winery - Three bottles of Boutique Wine (Raffle)
EnviroMINE, Inc. - Golf Towels (Gift Bag)
George Reed - Case of wine (Raffle)
Granite Construction - Mini Concrete Mixer Truck (Raffle)
Hanson Aggregates - Golfer Gift Bags
HELIX Environmental Planning - Golf Tees
RCP Block & Brick- Sandstone (Awards)
Twin Oaks Golf Course - Foursome (Earlybird Raffle)
Twin Oaks Golf Course - Twosome (Putting Contest)

Thank you to all the golfers!

TOURNAMENT WINNERS
First Place - Ross Farmer, Guss Pena, Todd, and Buzzy Sailer
Second Place - Warren Coalson, Danny Sims, and Mike
Third Place -  Justin Hill, Jess Libsack, Travis Ponchetti and Dustin Delong
Longest Drive - Jess Libsack
Closest to the Hole - Todd
Putting Contest - Chad Warren

The tournament's first, second and third place teams qualify for the 4th Annual Randy Jones Invitational in January 2017.  Congratulations!

Project Cornerstone Third Annual Golf Tournament Photos

Photos by Laura Babbs.

Arizona Rock Products Association Presentation

Written by Alyssa Burley.

On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, the Arizona Rock Products Association held its convention at San Diego's historic Hotel Del Coronado. 

At the event, Project Cornerstone's executive director, Crystal Howard, along with Hanson Aggregates' Terry Tyson, spoke to the audience about community relations and Project Cornerstone's successful educational and outreach programs.

The crowd asked great questions following the presentation and were highly supportive of Project Cornerstone's mission to educate the public about the importance of local construction aggregates (i.e., sand, gravel and crushed stone) through hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Contact us to schedule a presentation at your convention, group meeting or event.