Coalfield Development has had 100 percent job placement for its graduates, according to Eddie Austin, who has been director of Saw’s Edge for 2½ years. The organization prides itself on both training and mentorship to its members. Those who complete the program graduate with an associate’s degree and two years of on-the-job experience.
Four of Saw’s Edge six-member crew worked on the gift shop renovations. Travis Jones, of Huntington, is the crew chief of Saw’s Edge. Christian Burns, a former construction worker also from Huntington, is new to Saw’s Edge and is enrolled in the woodworking program. He previously worked under Coalfield Development’s Revitalize enterprise.
“Woodwork is a whole other league,” says Mr.Burns. “Woodwork requires a very steady hand and a sharp eye. You use the same tools in woodwork that you use in construction but you use the materials in woodwork in a different way.”
Because of Coalfield Development, he said he has become the first person in his family to attend college…
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