Gap Year About To Launch

We’ve been working on something we think will be of great service to a lot of young men, and we’re mere days from launching it: Foundations of Skilled Stewardship, a new gap-year program at Harmel for men to discern their vocation while learning the basics of seven distinct skilled trades. The target outcome? A young […]

Work as Poetry?

It is isn’t always easy for people to understand how a Catholic trade school works, especially when you consider that the school combines skilled trades training with intellectual and spiritual formation. And frankly, it is not always easy to explain. On the most recent episode of Working Man, we attempt to show you instead of […]

Harmel Featured on Acton Line

Harmel Academy was featured on Acton Line, the weekly podcast of the Acton Institute for Religion and Liberty. The interview discusses those problems Harmel Academy exists to address and services as a good introduction to the work of the Academy.  

Harmel Welcomes Andy Beach

We are very pleased to announce that Mr. Andy Beach has joined Harmel Academy as our new Director of Manufacturing Technical Services! A West Michigan native, Andy enjoys an excellent reputation in the manufacturing industry as a journeyman machinist, CNC consultant, experienced trades instructor, and machine shop business owner. As Director of Manufacturing Technical Services, […]

A Very Generous Donation

In addition to the many gifts to our Summer Give Campus campaign, we’ve recently received a very generous gift to our learning laboratory from the Sattler family in Southeast Michigan. See the video for details!

Harmel Welcomes Delano Perera

We are happy to announce that Delano Perera has joined our staff as our Outreach Coordinator. Delano was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Los Angeles, CA at age four. He grew up in LA and went to college at Loyola Marymount University. After college, he moved to Allendale, MI to work at Grand […]

Harmel Academy of the Trades launches; new funding accelerates development

(Grand Rapids, Mich.) Feb. 26, 2021 – Harmel Academy of the Trades, a residential, Catholic postsecondary program, has welcomed the first group of students to its campus. The school aims at meeting the urgent demand for U.S. skilled trades workers while forming students in their Catholic faith in a full-time residency program. With a $200,000 […]

Harmel Welcomes Kyle McCarthy

We couldn’t be happier to welcome Kyle McCarthy to Harmel Academy. Kyle has spent the better part of the last decade traveling the country, installing, servicing, and repairing manufacturing equipment, but as of this month, Kyle takes up the position of Harmel’s first Director Manufacturing Technology. In this position, Kyle will oversee all the training […]

Harmel Welcomes Fr. Dominic Couturier

If you follow Working Man, then you may have heard Deacon Dominic Couturier, now Father Dominic Couturier. We couldn’t be happier to announce that Fr. Dom has agreed to serve as Harmel’s spiritual advisor. Fr. Dom’s involvement with Harmel has truly been a work of Providence. Not only does his presence on campus mean our […]

Labor Day: Why We Celebrate

It is Labor Day. Our temptation is to treat Labor Day simply as a day away from labor, an end-of-summer break. Labor Day is, of course, meant to be a celebration of the worker. But for Catholics, we can, and should, look a bit more deeply at what we might celebrate on such a day. […]