Tool boxes, cornhole games and small benches.
Those were some of the first assignments for nine Dept. of Corrections students taking part
in Madison College’s Carpentry Techniques Academy. As their skills improved during the
course’s 18 weeks, they moved on to bigger projects like garden sheds – some with solar
panels. Now this special class from the Thompson and Oregon Correctional Centers is
scheduled to graduate at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at the college’s Commercial Ave. campus (2125 Commercial Ave.)
“Construction employment has seen strong growth in Wisconsin and demand for skilled
carpenters is expected to continue,” said Amy Pechacek, secretary-designee of the
Wisconsin Dept. of Workforce Development. “The carpentry program was funded in part
by Gov. Tony Evers’ Worker Advancement Initiative, allowing the newest class of graduates
to enter the workforce immediately and fulfill the needs of the employers in our state for a
Please see the full online news release for more information on the graduation ceremony.