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4Culture - Vets Restore - Year 2
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4CULTURE NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
PRESS            CHRISTINA DEPAOLO
TEL                  206 296.8677
EMAIL             Christina.DePaolo@4Culture.org
STAFF             FLO LENTZ
TEL                  206 296.8682
EMAIL             Flo.Lentz@4culture.org
VETS RESTORE YEAR 2
Program to pair returning military veterans with building restoration as career path expands in second year
(King County) – For the 2nd year in a row, 4Culture is partnering with Historic Seattle and the King County Veterans’ Program on a mission to pair recently returning military veterans with vintage buildings in need of restoration.  In year 2 we will be recruiting more participants – up to eight spots will be open to King County based veterans looking for a career in the building rehab trades. Priority will be given to veterans who served post 9/11 and are transitioning back to civilian life.

Candice Corey, social worker at the King County Veterans’ Program says, “We are excited to be offering up this opportunity to more veterans this session.  We believe the training combined with the on-the-job experience we’re planning to provide will give veterans the advantage they need to transition into this growing field.”

Participants will first complete a 7-week practicum this summer at Washington Hall, a landmark 1908 performance hall in the Central District. Historic Seattle, the area’s leading education, advocacy, and redevelopment entity and owner of the Hall, will oversee the curriculum and structure the training program.

“Being part of the Vets Restore program last summer was fantastic. Not only was I learning a trade and working with my hands, but I was doing this with other veterans. Carpentry is a team sport, so a sense of camaraderie was built quickly.” Scott Carlson, United States Marine Corps (USMC) 2013 Vets Restore graduate

Real-world paid internships in the construction field come next. Students that do well will be asked to join the crews of our VETS RESTORE Industry Affiliates – JAS Design/Build, Bear Wood Windows, and others – for five weeks of employment on a building rehab job site. Veterans will be paid through the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy fund.

Training and a paid internship aren’t the only program benefits. Enrollees will continue to receive critical case management services, tuition support, stipends for tools and gear, and transportation help from the King County Veterans’ Program. They’ll also receive mentoring and job placement guidance from all VETS RESTORE partners.

For details on eligibility, application process, etc., go to the Vets Restore website at http://vetsrestore.org/2014-program-overview. Application period opens May 1, with applications due on Wednesday, May 28, and class beginning on June 23.

For questions about the VETS RESTORE partnership, contact Flo Lentz at 206-296-8682. To inquire about veteran enrollment, contact Candice Corey, at (206) 205-3567.
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Learning to restore wood windows at Washington Hall.Vets Restore program © 2013, photo by Brandee Beau Photography
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