What We Do
The first phase of our business plan is to provide community education-style classes to introduce any demographic who wishes to try to skills in trades such as carpentry, welding, plumbing, electrical, mechatronics, masonry, commercial cooking, commercial sewing, heavy equipment, and carpet and tile installation.
Why We Are Needed
Trades have taken a social beating and back seat to 4-year degrees and white collar careers. There is already a shortage of skilled tradesmen/women and given the further decline in enrollment in apprenticeships and 2-year programs, the shortage is soon to be dire.
Meanwhile, the debt carried by, and thinning employment opportunities of, recent graduates of 4-year schools is well documented.
The gap between “grandpa’s shop” and urbanite children is growing so the skills that were once handed down from parent to child are not as common.
Thus, the ability to dabble and play with scrap lumber as a form of exploration has diminished.
We intend to provide meaningful ways to give people of all ages and stages of life the chance to try their hand at what may become a hobby, a cottage business, or a new career with classes that teach not only the ‘hard’ skills associated with the curriculum, but also the ‘soft’ skills needed to be successful in that trade.
- Mary Ann Christensen, President/Co-Owner
- Betsy Pieser, VP
- Kaitlyn Pals, Secretary
- Valerie Johnson, Treasurer
- Joleen Koch, Specialist Project Urban Farming
- Sue Sullivan, Specialist Project SkillSet Carpentry
- Lynn Hacker, Specialist Project Urban Farming
Staff: Rebecca Werner, Executive Director