Four women who recently completed course in advanced carpentry honoured at a Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) an open house and scholarship presentation event. Carly Burns of Burlington, Lyndsey Thomas of Oakville, and Tanja Almon of Hamilton each received a scholarship of $500 from the Athena Scholarship Fund (a fund held within the Oakville Community Foundation) for excelling in the 2013 WIST Program, both academically and technically. Liberty Karp of Toronto also received the $500 WIST RESCON Scholarship during the event. The 29-week program provides eligible women with the tools and training to launch a career in the construction Industry. In addition to the hands on training that takes place in over 6,600 square feet of shop space at The Centre, WIST also includes 5 weeks of plumbing training at Mohawk College’s STAART Institute. The trainees are taught all of the basic carpentry skills—framing, drywall, door and window installation and flooring installation to name a few. They are also given instruction in Energy Star building practices, estimating, blueprint reading, marketing and the Ontario Building Code.

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