Carpentry and masonry jobs are in need of workers. And MVCC is encouraging it's students to explore these fields, while also building things to give back to the community.
The Carpentry and Masonry Instructor for Mohawk Valley Community College, Scott Jackson, says there is a big need for workers.
"All of the trades are looking for people desperately," he said. "And even with COVID-19 coming in, everybody's still working in the trades and so everybody's calling desperate to get workers to come and help."
The reason for the shortage? More people were encouraged to college instead of trades. Jackson says "Our parents pushed us to go to college. I went to BOCES, but it wasn't looked at as favorable."
But Jackson stresses that the trades are actually a very good career to get into.
Think about it. If you go to college and you collect debt, four years of debt, and you have to go get a job and so forth," he said. "You get into the trades, you've come here for a year, you went to college for a year, you get out, you get a job, and all of sudden you start making money, you start saving money, and you don't have that college debt behind you."
Jackson has been teaching his students how to build tiny homes, then shares their work by giving them to the community.
"They get sold off to somebody, if somebody wants them. And they can buy these homes and take them as is. We just have to take them apart, put them on a trailer, and somebody can use these buildings," he said.
And this is a good way to get the word out about opportunities in carpentry and masonry. "But it's so important. You've got to make a buck, right? You've got to put jelly on your kids peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, right?"
And learning the ins and outs of building a home can be helpful for anyone to maintain their own home and maybe even encourage more people to get into the trades.