An Update from Russell Triolo, CEO



As we embark on the journey of shaping young minds and inspiring bright futures, it is crucial to explore alternative avenues of success. While the traditional path of higher education serves as a valuable foundation, it is equally important to consider the multitude of opportunities available in the trades industry.

The trades encompass a wide range of professions such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, welding, HVAC, automotive mechanics, and more. These paths not only offer stability and lucrative careers but also pave the way for personal growth, unique experiences, and the chance to shape the world with your own hands.

The trades require problem-solving skills and a creative mindset. As a tradesperson, you’ll create and build with your hands, transforming raw materials into functional structures, pieces of art, or mechanical wonders. The satisfaction that comes from witnessing your creations take shape is unparalleled.

The trades industry is expected to experience significant growth in the coming years, leading to a multitude of job opportunities. Skilled professionals will always be in demand, providing you with job security, competitive salaries, and the chance to be your own boss.

If you flourish in a practical, hands-on learning environment, the trades industry is tailored for you. Dynamically learn through apprenticeships, vocational schools, or trade programs that offer real-world experience, allowing you to develop valuable skills from day one.

The trades provide a unique pathway to entrepreneurship. With the right skillset, knowledge, and experience, starting your own business in the trades can be an immensely rewarding endeavor. Pursuing this path grants you the freedom to be your own boss, set your own hours, and shape the direction of your career.

It is important to note that pursuing a career in the trades does not mean turning your back on education. Many skilled trades require further training and ongoing education, providing you with opportunities for personal and professional development.

Through our Career Preparation programs, we will encourage our tweens and teens to consider exploring the trades as a viable career option. Embrace the challenges and rewards that come with working in these fields and discover a fulfilling path where hard work and skill truly pay off.

Russell Triolo

Chief Executive Officer

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