The Brotherhood of Carpentry Welcomes New Members

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HERMANTOWN, Minn.- A program designed for helping women and people of color graduated its second class partnered with the brotherhood of carpentry, looking into the field of construction.

The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters and Soar Career Solutions of Duluth held an 8-week hands on summer program for those interested in pursuing a career turning blueprints into buildings.

Classes for the program took place at the Jerry Alander Carpenter Training Center, one of many training facilities throughout the Northern Midwest. The center offers a number of apprenticeship opportunities throughout the entire year.

Instructors like Thad Lintula told Fox 21 the benefits of a program like this, specifically in the carpentry field.

“It’s a good job, it’s a good paying job, and we need people who can step up to the plate and do these jobs.”

To celebrate the end of the course, eleven students had the chance to invite friends and family to a graduation celebration in their honor, where each graduate received a certificate of achievement and had the chance to share some of their stories from the experience.

Students like Mario Love, Marques Jones and Samantha Mitchell were particularly proud to share their accomplishments considering their backgrounds.

“I’m proud to be a sister in the brotherhood of carpentry,” Mitchell told Fox 21, regarding being a woman in a traditionally male career.

Students agreed that overall, one of the best feelings was getting to take a blueprint and turn it into something built by their own hands.

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