Craftsman Week: They’re training craftsmen in Delgado’s carpentry class

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Welcome to the place where people come to learn one of the world's oldest professions - how to build.

And before anything at Delgado's carpentry class  gets measured or cut or nailed, there's time in the classroom, says instructor Timotheus Davis,

"Safety has to be taught first, so we're in the books," Davis says.

Delgado's carpentry class is the first of five crafts News with a Twist will feature for Craftsmen Week, which starts Sunday, Oct. 2.

The carpentry class has two textbooks, and the class is N.C.C.E.R. certified, which is a standardized training, so students get a certification when they complete the course.

Students working at Delgado carpentry class (WGNO-TV)

Students working at Delgado carpentry class (WGNO-TV)

It's part training a workforce and part mentoring, Davis says. Along with seniors Bryan Mahon and Brent Givens, Davis teaches tricks of the trade during the three-semester program.

Delgado carpentry instructor Timotheus Davis (WGNO-TV)

Delgado carpentry instructor Timotheus Davis (WGNO-TV)

The carpentry program recently traveled to Baton Rouge to help out victims of the flooding.  Certainly a goodwill gesture, but Davis says it also gave the students an idea of how valuable their skills are.

Delgado Carpentry students helping flood victims in Baton Rouge, La. (photo courtesy of Timotheus Davis)

Delgado Carpentry students helping flood victims in Baton Rouge, La. (photo courtesy of Timotheus Davis)

The Delgado Technical Skills Expo is Oct. 10 and 11. Click here for more info on the event.