DMC celebrating success of Rebuild Texas Carpentry Skills Training Program

DMC celebrating success of Rebuild Texas Carpentry Skills Training Program

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– The Rebuild Texas Fund is
extremely proud of this program and the work that you have
been able to accomplish here on the ground. Our fund started, we’re a collaboration between the Michael and
Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation. And as the rain was still
falling on hurricane Harvey, the Dells came together and said there’s something we need to do. We need to come together and create a fund so that we can help the counties. Because we know it takes
awhile for state or federal or any other funds to come in. So they raised the first 36 million and then tasked us with
raising the remainder. And so we raised $100,000,000
that is currently, we are proud to say as of year two, at work in communities. So in all 41 counties we have grants and this program is one of ’em. So today I’m so excited
to be here with you and to talk about the grant because $879,000 for this grant program, it’s helping your personnel, it’s helping your faculty and staff. But more than that, it’s
helping all the students get back into the workforce which is our goal for everyone. – I have family in the carpentry
and construction business and knowing so, I know you can’t fake it out in the industry. We all work in the heat, in
the cold climbing ladders, on scaffolds, on roofs. We’re taking equipment up from five to 15, 20 pounds at a time. It’s very labor intensive,
but now we’re ready for it. That’s the career. The program has been very hard, but it’s also been very fun. The book work components
and the hands-on components, they click very well. What’s not clear in a class becomes very clear when
we’re out here building it and working together. The most enjoyable part of this class has been building our tiny home. Some people may pick up certain things, certain techniques very quickly. But together we all help each other out and we come together as a
team to build this tiny home. – Somebody is asking about this
mini house that’s behind us. And let me tell you
about this little house. A few weeks ago, and
I’m being literal here, probably a couple of weeks ago most of this building
that you see back here was in the lumber shelves at Home Depot. And by the way Home Depot’s
been very good to us also. So these were two by fours, two by sixes, sheets of plywood, paneling, and they were sittin’ on
the shelves of Home Depot. We brought ’em over here
and the students here, they have sawed and hammered
this building into existence. What I wanna do is I wanna
thank all of you for being here, for helping us to get the
word out about this exciting, exceptional program. I wanna, on behalf of Del Mar
College and Rebuild Texas, I wanna thank all of you for being here and sharing this day with us. (applause)

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