KC Carpentry Occupations Advisory Board Meeting

July 15, 2016
The Kaskaskia College Carpentry Occupations Program recently held its Annual Advisory Board Meeting. The meeting was led by KC Professor Pete Donnelly.

Discussion included the importance of soft skills and job attendance, and the importance of students obtaining OSHA aerial lift certification and fall protection training. The group stressed that these additional OSHA certifications will make a student completer much more marketable in the construction industry. The college will pursue adding these additional certifications in the near future. Also discussed was the use of a total station on the job. A total station is a computerized transit/level that is a one person operation and allows precision layout and placement of building components from anchors to mechanical system equipment.

One committee member indicated that there is significant demand for internal finishers and carpenters within the industry trade. It was stressed that job demand is present within the industry and local employers are having a difficult time filling positions.

Pictured are 1st row – Kenny Roche, lead instructor and employment counselor for the Carpenter’s Union from Chester, Ill; Jennings Carter, Director of Maintenance and Grounds for Kaskaskia College; Tim Crowell, Union Millwright from Boyd; Robert Jervis, Program Coordinator for the Project Management and Architectural Drafting Program at KC. 2nd row – Pete Donnelly – Program Coordinator for the Carpentry Occupations Program at KC and George Evans, Dean of Career and Technical Education for KC.

For additional questions about earning a certificate or degree within the Carpentry Occupations Program, please contact Professor Pete Donnelly at pdonnelly@kaskaskia.edu.