It takes men and women of this generation to form the next generation of skilled tradesmen. We are always looking for community support and involvement, and there are multiple ways for YOU to support the men of Harmel Academy.

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Ways to Get involved

Click above to find out more about how you can give your financial support to Harmel Academy of the Trades.

Want to help Harmel thrive but don’t know how? Click above to find out what it means to be a part of the Advocates Team.

Harmel is asking for the support of 516 Catholic men and Knights of Columbus Councils, acting as the builders of Harmel. Learn more by clicking above.


Are you wondering why you should support innovative approaches to education? Want help explaining it to friends? Let us help you understand why the solutions to the skills crisis and the educational crisis begin with friends like you.

The United States continues to face an ongoing and critical shortage of skilled workers—frequently called the “skills gap”— to fill rewarding positions with good pay. There are millions of unfilled technical positions available in the US economy. The Manufacturing Institute estimates that, in manufacturing alone, there will be 2.4 million jobs unfilled in 2028. Economists indicate that the skills gap is not merely a temporary demographic event. This is a major long-term problem.

Young people are spending billions of dollars on college education, often settling for a job that does not relate to their degree. As the cost of traditional 4-year colleges and the subsequent student debts continue to increase, the value of that investment will continue to decrease for more students. This model simply won’t help us solve the skills gap. It’s time to try something new.

Our culture has recently been rediscovering the value of manual labor, something the Catholic Church has advocated for centuries. But how do we help people rediscover the deeper meaning of work? 

We believe Catholics in particular have the opportunity to lead the way in reintegrating labor with their spiritual life. The Catholic Church has long been teaching about the beauty and value of work and the dignity inherent in the activities to “subdue the Earth” as we are commanded to do. Since Pope Leo XIII’s ground-breaking encyclical, Rerum Novarum, the Church has offered regular and relevant insights into how the faithful can navigate the challenges of the modern world. The Church has been proposing tangible ways for people to grow in holiness through their work, while also striving for new innovations and technology. It is time to unlock the power and beauty of Catholic Social Teaching about work – and to make it accessible and applicable to the person who needs it the most: the tradesman. 

The American economy needs entrepreneurs and innovators to remain competitive. But leaders and innovators must work from a strong foundation of principles. The Catholic vision of work, and traditional virtues of hard work, can help launch this new generation of leaders. We think there is a need to form new leaders through this new type of academy that forms the head and hands together. 



Harmel Advocates do a range of things to support the Academy!

  • Spread the word in their community.
  • Help us find excellent and qualified young men to join our community.
  • Share materials for Harmel’s GiveCampus campaigns.
  • Volunteer at Harmel events.
  • Mentor our young men after graduation.

If you are interested in learning how you can become a Harmel Advocate in your community, contact Caroline Jones at

Daniel Parker GC

“A place like this needs to exist because there’s been a separation between faith and work. Combining them here is probably the biggest and most important thing we’ve done. I feel like we’re going to be able to make the world a lot better in the long run, because … the attitude of joy we bring to work —that work is a good thing — it brings more joy to work for everyone.”

— Daniel Parker
Machine Systems Apprentice, Class of 2022