BRYAN, Texas--Some Blinn College students are celebrating their graduation from the first-ever Carpentry Boot Camp on Friday.

Blinn hosted the two-week course at the new RELLIS campus in Bryan in partnership with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service.

The program is designed for students with no prior experience in construction.

Students learned the skills needed to work on a residential construction site--including job-site safety, the safe operation of construction tools, and basic elements of residential framing.

“Residential construction is unique,” said Instructor Alejandro Torres. “A house should be built with precision and attentiveness to ensure its quality and that is what we are teaching our students at Carpentry Boot Camp,” he added.

Students also learned how to read residential architectural drawings and basic building code requirements.

After completing the program, the six graduates are qualified to work on a framing crew without additional employer training.

“There are many options for me now that I have finished this course,” said graduate Garyth Juarez. “I can achieve my dream of building my very own home,” he added.

For information regarding the Carpentry Boot Camp and carpentry and plumbing programs, visit the Bryan Post Office Campus or call 979-209-7205.