Training center set to reopen in Rock Tavern

After years of planning and months of construction The North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Local 279 will move this fall back into their training center in Rock Tavern following a $3.5 million renovation of the facility.

The 25,000 sq. foot building will now house a state-of-the-art training facility for apprentices and district council offices for Local 279.

“Apprentices who are not even in this program yet will be able to take advantage of this facility,” said Jim Hayes, assistant executive training director for NASRCC.  “The investment we are making today is going to benefit our future carpenters.”

Hayes said the facility expects to have 2-3 classes going on at the same time, with the training season running the traditional September to June 30 schedule. He said two full-time instructors will be on hand as well as part time instructors to service the journeypersons at night and even on the weekends. “This facility will be open Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. till possible 9 p.m. as a well as some Saturdays. And in the summer we’ll be open for skill enhancement.”

For the past three years carpenter trainees in the Hudson Valley had to travel up to Albany or down to Long Island for apprenticeship classes. Tom Fischer, the executive director of the NASRCC Training Fund explains why it is so important to have the center reopen in Orange County.

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