We’re passionate about construction, craftsmanship, and caring for the community; and we want to pass that on.

Building up the next generation of trades professionals.

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About the Program

The Workmanship Program provides students an introductory trades education taught by industry professionals. Located in at The Great Falls Center in Paterson, NJ, we’re offering hands-on experience to give students exposure to a career in each of the key trades: general construction, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and masonry.

The Craftsmen

Our students are looking for a fresh start and an opportunity to start a career they love. We’re coming alongside individuals who are interested in pursuing a trades career, whether that’s because the traditional college route wasn’t a fit for them, or because they’re looking for a way to better provide for their family. Whatever the motivation, we want to share our passion with them and help them find where they best fit.


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Class Objectives

Exposure: Exposing students to the labor, demands, and career potential of each trade

Tools & Skills: Equipping students with the tools and skills needed to pursue a trade

Experience: Providing students with hands-on, introductory experience in trades work

Mentorship: Mentoring students as they decide which trade they’d like to pursue

Core Values

Competency isn’t the only thing we’re instilling in our students. Ability can only achieve so much without character. We’re equipping our students to be the quality workers we know they can be by reinforcing core values:

  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Timeliness
  • Teachability
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Craftsmanship

CPM Course

26 classes | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 6:45pm-9:30pm

Our free introductory training shows students how the key trades work together as instructors teach through the Critical Path Method (CPM) of building, from foundation to roof, and walk students through building a shed.

Classes are taught by industry professionals and cover General construction, Plumbing, Electrical, Masonry and Optional certifications (provided by outside sources) including CPR and First Aid.

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Fine Woodworking Course

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the art of fine woodworking, as they gain hands-on woodworking experience and learn the foundational techniques of drafting, joinery, finishing, etc.

Ages 18+ | 10 classes | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 6:45pm-9:30pm

Halfway through the course, students will have the option to use what they learned to complete a project of their choosing or get hands-on practice with cabinetry or trim.

Ages 13-17 | 10 classes |  Tuesdays & Thursdays | After School

Halfway through the course, students will use what they learned in the first 5 classes to complete a project of their choosing.

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“The Workmanship Program has given me the opportunity to find and cultivate a passion for the trades, and I look forward to turning that passion into a career.”

Jonathan Peña

Fall 2019 Student

“The Workmanship Program has helped me acquire a job as a tradesman. By networking with the skilled instructors, I was able to showcase my potential and earn an apprenticeship."

Benjamin Rutt

Fall 2019 Student

"I absolutely love teaching my trade... There’s fewer and fewer kids going into the trades, and anything I can do to promote my trade and bring men and women up through the trades... I’ll do anything I can to do that.”

Larry Dykhouse Jr.

Instructor & Carpenter |President & Contractor, Dykhouse Construction Company