Edwin and Cardell, 2011 and 2008 Reconcile graduates, just completed a carpentry apprenticeship training at Delgado Community College (DCC) and have been working for more than a month now.
Onassis Jones, Reconcile mental health manager and our Alumni’s #1 fan, was there to celebrate Edwin’s and Cardell’s great accomplishment. Both Edwin and Cardell were quick to thank the Reconcile Programming Team for providing the opportunity. However it is YOUR support that gave Edwin and Cardell the chance to hone existing skills, learn new skills, and discover industries beyond hospitality.
Reconcile encouraged Alumni to take a 2-week carpentry training class at DCC’s manufacturing center. Edwin and Cardell were the first to jump on the opportunity. They not only learned about the physical carpentry tools, but they also gained the professional skills necessary to succeed in many production and project-managed industries.
First, Edwin and Cardell learned how to read measurements with the tape measures, which they said wasn’t hard at all. Next, the instructor introduced them to a few tools—jigsaw, chop-saw, flush cutter, pry bar, and molding tools—just to name a few.
They also succeeded in the forklift training. The certificates received after training were OSHA-10, Forklift Operator, and a Carpentry Assistant completion diploma!
“I can say the scariest thing about the entire situation was coming from the hospitality industry and never having worked in construction.”Cardell
The Reconcile program team is helping alumni recognize that the skills they have learned and practiced as Interns at Café Reconcile translate in a variety of workplaces and industries, presenting new opportunities and a fresh outlook for a promising future.
“Reconcile has been very helpful to me throughout the whole experience. Someone is always there to answer my calls and help me with whatever questions I had about the class or any other topic unrelated to the class, just about life and work in general. Thank you, Cafe Reconcile, for the great learning experience. I loved everything about it.”Edwin
Edwin and Cardell are just two of the hundreds of Alumni who need an opportunity to chase dreams and realize their potential. Our program team provides the opportunities.