Mentorship Academy visits Carpenters Local 432

The female class toured the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters. Students’ heads were spinning after seeing what the carpenters trade has to offer.

Carpenters lead presenters Alex and Rich walked the class through all the varied careers that membership in the Carpenters would offer: commercial carpentry, residential carpentry, heavy highway, pile driving, floor laying, cabinet making, and more. The state-of-the-art carpenter training center off the Parkway West buzzed with activity all morning as the next generation of our region’s carpenters were refining their skills at different stations.

Guest speaker Jillian gave a powerful, personal talk to the class; explaining how she decided to join the Carpenters, what it’s like to be a woman in the craft, and how her profession allowed her to live her life as she desired.

Check out our recap video for some BTS footage.


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