PORT TOWNSEND, WA — Tim Lawson, director of the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, has proposed a $5 million project, beginning in July, to train Army veterans in woodworking skills by having them renovate a dilapidated former U.S. Army barracks buildings.
Located in a Washington State park, the Fort Worden U.S. Army complex also houses the woodworking school. Lawson made his proposal for the woodworking project to the town's development authority last week, reports the Peninsula Daily News.
For several years, the Port Townsend School of Woodworking has been training students by engaging them in renovation of historic structures. The new proposal would target U.S. military veterans as well as displaced workers. Lawson proposed that the Port Townsend Woodworking School be a direct contributor to the renovation of Fort Worden Building 202, which would then house classes for Goddard College and Peninsula College classes.
The woodworking school received renovation grants for projects in in 2009 and 2010 (see slide show) in partnership with Fort Worden State Park, Peninsula College and the Washington Veterans Conservation Corps and the Washington Conservation Corps. The current proposal would offer three 12-week historic preservation skills training courses targeted to veterans and those readying to leave the military service. Tuition for the program could also be subsidized by Veterans Administration funds and the GI Bill.
The non-profit Port Townsend School of Woodworking added "Historic Preservation" to its name, and expanded in 2010, adding a window millworking shop.
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