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Jay Schuelly with the students

Birmingham Promise Partners with Mid-South Training to Display Career Options

For the second time in just four months, the youth career guidance organization Birmingham Promise has tapped the local carpenters union training program to give Promise participants a close look at becoming a professional carpenter or millwright as a career choice.

About 35 juniors from five Alabama-area high schools – Jackson-Olin, Parker, Ramsay, Carver, and Wenonah High – spent the day with Southeastern Carpenter Representative Jay Schuelly and Carpenter Instructor Silvestre Rodriguez at the Central Alabama Carpenters and Millwrights Training Center in Pelham, Alabama. The students did hands-on activities centered around scaffolding, hammering nails, virtual welding, and fastening sheetrock.

“The students were engaged and curious as we talked to them about both the benefits and education the training center, as well as UBC, has to offer them,” said Schuelly. “After a short Q and A in our main classroom, the students found their way to our shop to partake in different hands on activities as a means to help describe the work union members do in the field.”

The vision of the Birmingham Promise is for every Birmingham City School student to be supported and prepared to pursue a postsecondary option that leads to economic security, mobility and prosperity.