ROXBURY, NJ - Students from the new Structural Design and Fabrication (SDF) class at Roxbury High School recently visited the Northeast Regional Carpenters Training Center in Edison for National Apprenticeship Week.

While there, students were able to tour the training facility, learn more about potential careers in carpentry and opportunities provided to union members.

Union members explained the various subsets of union carpenters to help the students understand the many career paths available to them as part of the union. The students were able to see how the material they are learning in both SDF and woodworking classes related to what is actually being done in the field.

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At the end of the day, students competed in a quiz game on carpentry. SDF students Tyler Zeis and Jake Wohltman placed in the top three of all schools present.

SDF Teacher Frank Caccavale shared how trips like this benefit the students. “Roxbury High School believes it is important to provide students a variety of experiences to learn about potential career paths they can take after high school," he said. "It is for that reason a new class like SDF was created. Students were able to get a better understanding of a career in carpentry and can better make a decision if that is right for them or not. Either way, it’s a day well spent,

 “Our SDF class is committed to giving students experience and familiarity with a wide variety of career paths within the skilled trades, architecture, engineering and construction clusters. It is my goal this year to expose students to as many different facets of that career cluster as possible through field trips, authentic learning experiences, and guest speakers.”

Earlier this year, Roxbury High School entered into an articulation agreement with the Northeast Carpenters Apprenticeship Fund for a Carpentry Career Connections/Youth Transition to Work program. Students who complete Roxbury’s SDF course and are admitted into the union are able to get a year of their apprenticeship.

“This is a huge plus for those students who are interested," Caccavale said. "I also believe students who have had our SDF class and choose the union route will find their base knowledge gained in high school along with their learning experiences in the classroom will make them that much better prepared when they start training for their future career.”

You can follow Roxbury High School’s first year of SDF, highlighting the design and building of each project and student growth at