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Date: December 4, 2017
Contact: Brit Milazzo

Marty Craine Aims to Make Carpentry Program his own

The week of Dec. 4 marked Marty Craine's fourth week as instructor of the Carpentry program at CPI, and he said he has a goal to form it into his own.

Craine, a Cambria County resident, said he wants to turn the program from a wood shop and cabinet-making class to a class that gives students real world experiences with work on construction sites. That, he added, goes hand-in-hand with what's on the NOCTI exams, an annual standardized test for students in career technical education programs.

“I want to take this program and put it toward what I did at Penn College, so that's what I'm basing it on,” he said. “I promised the kids if they learn to build this stuff (structures), I'll take them over there and they can learn to build that stuff (cabinets and other woodwork projects)."

Craine, a Penn College grad, has been in the construction business for more than 20 years, including 16 years as an owner and operator of a construction company. This year with the Carpentry program, he has nine secondary students in the morning class and 12 students in the afternoon class, and one adult student.

“I like it when I see the light bulb go off in their eyes,” Craine said. “I like it when I see their enthusiasm because a lot of times when that light bulb goes off and they start to see it come together, I have to yell to make them quit because they don't want to quit."

Among learning about carpentry is also other skill such as roofing, framing, drywall assembly, exterior finish and more, Craine said. He also teaches students about timeliness of completing a project, safety and more.

“I actually provided them with an article that was written by a finish carpenter who is renowned around the country, about honoring the trade they partake in and the integrity,” Craine said. “There is a stereotype in society and if it’s to be changed, it’s to be changed by them, not me because my generation can't do it, it’s already set.”

CPI, 540 North Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823 - Telephone: 814-359-2793 1-877-968-7388    (Disclosures)