BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Zach Scrape, a senior carpentry student from Bridgewater, was recently offered the opportunity to take part in Princeton University’s Summer Casual Program, with the intent to continue working at the university and to complete its four-year apprenticeship program.  

Scrape, who received a bronze medal at the recent New Jersey state SkillsUSA Championships, was excited when accepting the offer. He said he looks forward to working at “such a historic and prestigious” university and contributing to the type of work the Building Trades Department performs.

Out of the entire pool of candidates considered, Scrape was chosen as one of two who were offered positions in the Summer Casual Program. Once the decision was made, Jamie Simpson, Princeton University Building Trades Manager, and Eileen Tarity, Executive Assistant at Princeton University, came to SCVTHS to personally offer the position to him. 

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Simpson said they were very selective in choosing students who had “the right aptitude and interest.” Scrape’s high GPA and exemplary carpentry skills made him the quality candidate they were looking for to fill the job.

SCVTHS Cooperative Education Coordinator Thomas Heinbach spoke of how employees in Princeton University’s Building Trades Department are highly skilled artisans. The type of work they perform requires a quality skill set that is second to none, he said.

By participating in the apprenticeship program, which includes classroom and on-the-job training, Scrape will be able to become a journeyman worker. If he should choose, Scrape could then take that certification and work in a carpenter’s union anywhere across the United States.

For more information contact James Strickhart at 908-526-8900, ext. 7169 or