Building students earn certificates
Back row, from left; Kurt Kuhne, George Mark, Jeremy Osborne, Derek Samuelson, Eddie Stanley Jr., George Kameroff, Travis Manchuak and Annie Pavilla. Front row; Lee Joe, Mandy Kilbuck, Daniel Guy and Phillip Angellan.
Nine students graduated May 18 from the Yuut Elitnaurviat’s Construction Trades program with certificates in Construction and Maintenance.
George Kameroff of Bethel and Eddie Stanley Jr. of Bethel received the Yuut Elitnaurviat 755-hour certificate after taking Construction Core, Construction Math, Residential Carpentry 1 and 2, Residential Plumbing 1 and Residential Electrical 1. They also took a Life Work Planning and University Communications class through University of Alaska Fairbanks/Kuskokwim Campus.
Mandy Kilbuck of Bethel and Travis Manchuak of Kwigillingok took all the previously mentioned classes, but received the Yuut Elitnaurviat 875-hour certificate with a Boiler Endorsement for taking Boilers, Burners, and Residential Oil Heaters along with Boiler Troubleshooting and Repair.
Phillip Angellan of Akiachak, Daniel Guy of Kwethluk, Lee Joe of Chevak, George Mark of Quinhagak and Derek Samuelson of Bethel received the Yuut Elitnaurviat 875-hour certificate with the Boiler Endorsement by taking the aforementioned classes, and received their State of Alaska Class 4 Boiler Operator License by passing the state exam.
The students took classes, on and off, for 17 to 19 weeks prior to graduation, and worked nights and weekends away from their families to earn graduation and certificates. Many plan to become apprentices, and all are planning to use their newfound skills to get jobs and provide for themselves and their families.