Foundations of Skilled Stewardship

Foundations of Skilled Stewardship
Foundations of Skilled Stewardship2022-02-24T16:45:45+00:00

Foundations of Skilled Stewardship

A Gap Year Program for Men Ready to Launch

Are you…?

  • Interested in the skilled trades, but don’t have the knowledge or experience to know which trade is for you?
  • Considering college, but want to also gain the manual skills and technical know-how to maintain and engage your material world?
  • Looking to take a deep dive into your vocation as a man created in God’s image, preparing yourself to build a life for yourself and your family?

Why not take a year to prepare for life, discern your career, and gain valuable skills at the same time?

The Foundations of Skilled Stewardship Program is a one-year, on-campus program for young men who desire to be trained in the fundamentals of skilled work, whether they intend to continue on in the study of a specific skilled trade, or to prepare for college or non-trades work.

Students live on-campus, and eat, learn and pray together as a community.

The Foundations program is designed to help young men discern their vocation as working men and acquire fundamental, technical skills and introductory trades experiences in the following manual disciplines:

Construction+ Welding + Electrical work + Machining + Plumbing

Home maintenance + Carpentry + HVAC + Automotive repair and maintenance

The Foundations of Skilled Stewardship curriculum is project-based, with students demonstrating specific, real-world, practical competencies.

Among the many practical skills you’ll learn, the Foundations Program will teach you to:

  • Weld
  • Machine a part
  • Diagnose a car repair
  • Identify wood species
  • Fix a toilet
  • Back a trailer
  • Safely load a truck
  • Forge a knife blade
  • Design an electrical circuit
  • Replace a faucet
  • Use adhesives
  • Cut down a tree
  • Paint a room
  • Fix a roof leak
  • Use dangerous tools

The program also includes guided instruction on the ethics of work and character formation, and includes S.W.E.A.T Pledge certification from the Mike Rowe Works Foundation curriculum.

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The program and schedule allows students to work part-time, off-campus, in their own jobs, earning their own money. By being in a community of young men making this transition into the working world together, students have a network of support.

Program cost is the same as our two-year apprentice program, found here

Students who successfully complete all of the program modules will receive a Certificate of Completion.

We are limiting this program to only 12 students.

There are three enrollment periods:

February-March 2022—Priority Enrollment will be given to applicants who complete all application requirements in this period.

April-May 2022—If we have spots still available, we will open a second round of enrollment. If all positions are filled, students in this period are eligible for Wait List status.

June-August 2022 (Wait list)—In the event an accepted applicant drops out, we will offer positions to Wait List applicants.

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