Congratulations to the first graduating class of the Preservation Trades Center’s Carpentry Academy! Hosted at Eastern State Penitentiary and co-hosted by Rebuild Philadelphia, this 6-week, paid pre-apprentice program was also supported by the Eastern Atlantic States Carpenters Technical College. The class was run by Chris Capaldi, Superintendent for Window Repairs & Restoration, LLC.

Participants in the program built structures to preserve the building’s skylights. After this program, the participants will take the Carpenters’ Apprenticeship Entrance Exam. On April 6, the program hosted a graduation ceremony for the ten participants:

  • Simone Austin
  • Jelaina Carnegay
  • Stephanie Carrion
  • Kashif Hakim Dais
  • Terrance Finley
  • Tyler Harley
  • Khamuo Johnson
  • Alexa Korogodsky
  • Marie-Monique Marthol
  • Lamont Mayes

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On Tuesday, March 28, participants in the Eastern State Penitentiary Carpentry Academy met with two carpenters who recently became journeymen, Jamal Byrd, Foreman for PDM Constructors, Inc. and Kate Tercha, Project Manager for Frank V. Radomski & Sons, Inc. Jamal and Kate discussed their different career paths and answered questions about the apprenticeship process and carpentry work.

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The Carpentry Academy is run out of the Preservation Trades Center (PTC) at Eastern State Penitentiary. PTC runs two pre-apprentice programs, one in Masonry and one in Carpentry, in partnership with Rebuild Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Career Link. The Carpentry Academy is also run in collaboration with the Eastern Atlantic States Carpenters Technical College.