“Being part of the Vets Restore program last summer was fantastic. Not only was I learning a trade and working with my hands, but I was doing this with other veterans. Carpentry is a team sport, so a sense of camaraderie was built quickly.” Scott Carlson, USMC 2013 Vets Restore graduate
Countdown to a second year of VETS RESTORE! 4Culture is once again partnering with Historic Seattle and the King County Veterans’ Program on an unlikely mission: pairing recently returning military veterans with vintage buildings in need of restoration.
What’s new this year? We’re recruiting more participants. Up to eight coveted spots will be open to King County based veterans looking for a career in the building rehab trades. Priority will be given to veterans who served post 9/11 and are transitioning back to civilian life.
Candice Corey, social worker at the King County Veterans’ Program says, “We are excited to be offering up this opportunity to more veterans this session. We believe the training combined with the on-the-job experience we’re planning to provide will give veterans the advantage they need to transition into this growing field.”
Participants will first complete a 7-week practicum this summer at Washington Hall, a historic 1908 performance hall in the Central District. Historic Seattle, the area’s leading education, advocacy, and redevelopment entity and owner of the Hall, will oversee the curriculum and structure the training program.
Students are going to learn the basics of preservation carpentry with plenty of hands-on projects around the Hall. Then, things will get serious with an intense focus on wood window restoration, led by specialists from Bear Wood Windows of Tacoma. Our veterans are going to learn first-hand how to make aging windows along the Hall’s south wall completely operable and weather-tight.
Real-world internships in the construction field come next. Students that do well will be asked to join the crews of our VETS RESTORE Industry Affiliates – JAS Design/Build, Bear Wood Windows, and others – for five weeks of employment on a building rehab job site. Veterans will be paid through the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy fund.
Training and a paid internship aren’t the only program benefits. Enrollees will continue to receive critical case management services, tuition support, stipends for tools and gear, and transportation help from the King County Veterans’ Program. They’ll also receive mentoring and job placement guidance from all VETS RESTORE partners.
See the 2014 Program Overview for details on eligibility, application process, etc., now posted on the Vets Restore website at www.vetsrestore.org. Application period opens May 1, with applications due on Monday, June 9th, and class beginning on June 23.