wahall2015 ProgramVets Restore is an education and career opportunity for returning military veterans living in Seattle/King County. Participants are introduced to the field of construction with a specialization in historic building renovation and preservation carpentry. 
The 2015 Vets Restore program offers:
  • Training: An intensive, 4-week, hands-on class in preservation carpentry, based at legendary Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District, and led by professional instructors. Cost of living stipends provided
  • Internship: 8-weeks of paid employment under Lydig Construction for the on-going Washington Hall renovation project
  • Networking: personal introduction to, and mentoring from, other preservation-focused construction firms in the Pacific Northwest
  • Veteran Support Services: case management, career counseling, and financial help with tools, gear and transportation
  • A Vets Restore Certificate of Completion
  • Job search guidance in the field of construction, with firms that frequently take on historic building renovation
Eligible veterans must:
  • Reside in King County
  • Have served on active duty and received an honorable, medical, general or under honorable conditions discharge
  • Have served in the National Guard or Reserves and met their initial service obligation
Priority will be given to veterans that served post 9/11. Participants must also have a desire to find employment in construction trades, and a special interest in working with old buildings. To find out if you, or a veteran you know, qualify for the Vets Restore program, contact Candice Corey, King County Veterans’ Program, at (206) 477-6989.
    2015 Program Calendar:
    July 6 Application period opens.
    August 14 DEADLINE TO APPLY. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m.
    August 18-20 Selected applicant interviews
    August 21 Applicant notification
    September 14 – October 9 4-week training program in basic preservation practices at Washington Hall: safety, tools skill-building, hands-on carpentry projects, mentoring sessions and field trips
    October 12 -December 4 8-week, full-time paid internships under contractors at Washington Hall. First four weeks with additional close supervision of instructor
    December 9 Graduation
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