22 March, 2017
The Alabama Home Builders Foundation and the Gadsden State Community College carpentry department had 11 graduates from a six-week Basic Residential Carpentry Certificate Program on March 16. Gadsden State is the first post-secondary school the Alabama Home Builders Foundation has partnered with since the inception of the certificate program in 2002.
Gadsden State offered carpentry classes free to the public on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from Feb. 7 through March 16 on the Valley Street Campus. The class meetings provided classroom instruction, theory and hands-on time in the shop lab for three-hour class meetings each evening.
The graduation ceremony was held at the Valley Street Campus in the carpentry department with Artemis Moore, director of the Alabama Home Builders Foundation, and Taylor Burton, past state president of the Home Builders Association of Alabama, presenting the certificates.
“The students could not graduate if they missed more than three hours of class for the six-week program,” said Heath McDaniel, carpentry instructor at Gadsden State. “It was a pleasure to watch each one of the students prove their dedication and skills over the course of the program.
“The course outline included basic construction tools, basic construction site layout, floor framing, roof and ceiling, window and door installations as well as interior trim and finishing,” he said. “All of these combined gave the students the hands-on training to build a 10-foot-by-16-foot building to complete the program.”
The students who complete the program earn a certificate and can use valuable skills to enter the residential carpentry workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for carpentry will increase 6 percent from 2014 until 2024. The median annual wage for a carpenter in Alabama is $42,000 with an apprenticeship program or on-the-job training.
“I am happy to know that I helped 11 individuals take a step closer to a career that will provide for them for the rest of their career,” McDaniel said.
2017 Spring Carpentry Class Graduates -- Gadsden State Valley Street Campus:
Corey Gilley, Jeremy Griffin, Walter “Skip” Hale, Rafael Martinez, Jake Mason, Nicolas McKee, Kimalita Mosley, Mike Springfield, Khalil Williams, Trey Williams and Sylvester Woods.
Carpentry classes are available at the Gadsden State Community College Valley Street Campus, 600 Valley Street, with an Advanced Carpentry Short-Term Certificate and Basic Carpentry Short-Term Certificate taught by Heath McDaniel. For more information about the certificates available, call 256.549.8675 or visit www.gadsdenstate.edu/catalog/home for the course outline.