Roxbury Structural Design and Fabrication - Take part in National Apprenticeship Week

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ROXBURY, NJ (January 10, 2020) – Students from the new Structural Design and Fabrication class from Roxbury High School visited the Northeast Regional Carpenters Training Center in Edison, NJ along with students from UBC Jobs Corps Edison and the Middlesex County Vo-tech for National Apprenticeship Week in November. While there, students were able to tour the training facility, learn more about potential careers in carpentry, and opportunities provided to union members.

Students heard from union members who explained the various subsets of union carpenters to help them understand the many career paths available to them as part of the union. Throughout the tour, students viewed various lab facilities and classes taught at the training center.

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Roxbury students were able to see how what they were learning in both SDF and Woodworking classes related to what is actually being done in the field. At the end of the day, students competed in a quiz game on Carpentry which SDF students Tyler Zeis and Jake Wohltman both placed in the top three out of all the schools present.

SDF Teacher Frank Caccavale shared how trips like this benefit the students. “Roxbury High School believes it is important to provide students a variety of experiences to learn about potential career paths they can take after high school. It is for that reason a new class like SDF was created. Students were able to get a better understanding of a career in carpentry and can better make a decision if that is right for them or not, either way, it’s a day well spent!”

Adding, “Our SDF class is committed to giving students experience and familiarity with a wide variety of career paths within the skilled trades, architecture, engineering, and construction clusters. It is my goal this year to expose students to as many different facets of that career cluster as possible through field trips, authentic learning experiences, and guest speakers.”

Earlier this year, Roxbury High School entered into an articulation agreement with the Northeast Carpenters Apprenticeship Fund for a Carpentry Career Connections/Youth Transition to Work program. Students that complete Roxbury’s SDF course and are admitted into the union are able to get a year of their apprenticeship.

“This is a huge plus for those students who are interested. I also believe students who have had our SDF class and choose the union route will find their base knowledge gained in high school along with their learning experiences in the classroom will make them that much better prepared when they start training for their future career,” said Caccavale.

Follow Roxbury High School’s first year of SDF highlighting the design and building of each project and student growth as a result of this new and exciting learning opportunity at

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury High School)

· Roxbury SDF class at Northeast Regional Carpenters Training Center

· SDF at Training Facility 1

· SDF at Training Facility 2

· SDF Logo

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