PRESERVATION TRADE SCHOOL INFORMATION
Oct 06, 2009
The Pacific Northwest has been a tough nut to crack for Preservation Trades. Up until several years ago, the nearest schools were located in Montana, Utah and California. Recently, Oregon added a one-year certificate program and a two-year AAS degree through Clatsop Community College across the river in Astoria. The Port Townsend School of Woodworking located at Fort Worden State Park, has been retooling their curriculum by placing special emphasis on Preservation Technology and will be offering spring and fall Preservation Field Schools next year. The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs anticipates holding a two-week long preservation program at their hospital facility at Port Orchard this fall. It is the hope of the DVA that returning veterans of the Gulf Wars will receive the necessary skills to re-enter the workforce while alleviating the stress of lingering battle fatigue. The Ritzville Public Development Authorities dream of hosting a Preservation Technologies School has progressed to the point that they are planning to make a trial run at their newly remodeled facility in downtown Ritzville this fall. And Historic Seattle is well on its way to developing its own preservation trades program which will be offering classes to the public soon. For details on these developing schools contact Russell Holter at 360-586-3533.