Car­pen­ter Mill­wright Col­lege

Mike’s teacher set him up for suc­cess, lead­ing him to im­me­di­ate work

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Mike Por­quet came into the pro­gram af­ter recently re­tir­ing from an­other trade. He wanted to be pro­duc­tive, and to see an en­dresult at the end of the day; he re­al­ized that there were other trades and ca­reers out for him.

The Car­pen­try De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram at Car­pen­ter Mill­wright Col­lege had him pre­pared in just three months, to the point where two jobs were knock­ing on his door even be­fore grad­u­a­tion. “I went straight to work­ing in the in­dus­try at the Dart­mouth Mul­ti­pad Arena, do­ing some mill­work car­pen­try for a large com­plex. I felt in­formed by my pro­gram, and re­ally had no prob­lem tran­si­tion­ing into the field,” Mike says.

His in­struc­tor, Aaron, al­ways had an inkling when his stu­dents didn’t know some­thing. “It’s one thing to have an in­struc­tor to dic­tate, read or re­view, but we went out and ap­plied the prin­ci­ples that we were read­ing about. He let us take con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion, and no­ticed if we were fal­ter­ing,” says Mike. Aaron would stop them in or­der to ex­plain, and al­ways en­cour­aged a team en­vi­ron­ment for bet­ter learn­ing.

The Car­pen­ter Mill­wright Col­lege car­pen­try pro­gram in­cor­po­rates a built-in pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment pro­gram for the stu­dents, work­ing with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive. She did a cou­ple of as­sess­ments and cov­ered em­ploy­ment skills, per­son­al­ity traits that they could work on in the in­dus­try, oral and writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and pro­fes­sion­al­ism and prepa­ra­tion for the work in­dus­try. “It was very ben­e­fi­cial for some­one to sit down and say, ‘yes, you’re a bold per­son, but some­times we need to take the play out,’ and for oth­ers, she was telling them to be more bois­ter­ous,” says Mike.

Mike wishes he could have stayed longer, to have picked Aaron’s brain for longer, and en­cour­ages any­one who takes the pro­gram to talk to the peo­ple who know the trade, and what you’re get­ting in­volved with.

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