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Workforce Development, Canaan

Workforce Development, Canaan

The Canaan (VT) School District will receive $100,000 to create a workforce development program at the 1870 Judge Ripley House and Carriage Barn in Colebrook, NH where students will be trained in hands-on carpentry, historic building renovation, and contractor-related business skills. The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is a co-sponsor of this initiative. According to Krista Rodrigue, who initiated the grant process, “We have a lot of hands on learners in the North Country that learn by seeing and doing. We need students more than ever interested in the trades. The detailed effort it takes to do restoration work will give our students a leading edge as they enter the construction fields.” Building Trades Instructor Eugene Reid added, “The opportunities that this project offers will give students entry level job skills in several trades. We are very fortunate to have local trades people who are willing and enjoy working with our students. Ultimately, we will have a nicely restored home sitting on the tax role where it belongs.”  

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