SUNY Cobleskill Announces New Basic Carpentry Certificate Program

January 3, 2012

SUNY Cobleskill's Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) will offer a new certificate program, Basic Carpentry, beginning in February. The nine-week class designed for non-traditional students will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 – 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


The remodeling and renovation carpentry training will cover topics such as tools, measuring, framing, insulation, sheet rocking, taping, window and door installation, flooring, roofing, and siding. Safety and the hazards of renovation and demolition, including how to handle molds, asbestos and lead, are also part of the 100 hours of classroom and hands-on curriculum.


"The idea for offering the carpentry certificate program arose from campus discussions on how SUNY Cobleskill could assist the citizens of Schoharie and Otsego counties in the wake of the Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee," said Anita Wright, director of PACE. "Rebuilding is crucial for the future of our communities and there is a need for education and training. This carpentry certificate was designed to assist with home rebuilding, as well as training for potential employment opportunities."


In offering the new program, SUNY Cobleskill is partnering with David Moak, training coordinator for Region 3 of the Empire State Carpenters Apprenticeship Committee. Upon completion of the certificate, individuals physically able to work as a carpenter who have reliable transportation and a high school diploma or GED, will have the opportunity to join the Carpenters Union as a second year apprentice.


"We applaud SUNY Cobleskill's decision to provide entry level carpentry skills by offering a certificate program that can also lead to entry in the Carpenters Union as a second year apprentice," said Gail Breen, executive director of the Fulton, Montgomery, and Schoharie Counties Workforce Development Board. "The building trades play an important role in our workforce and our economy."

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