Ten students graduate from masonry program
Ten students from all over New York City graduated on Thursday, May 24, from the pilot masonry restoration program at Green-Wood Cemetery. The ceremony was held inside the chapel at the cemetery.
The program was created from a partnership among four organizations: the Brooklyn-based workforce development organization, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT); the education arm of the Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Union, the International Masonry Institute; the World Monuments Fund; and the Green-Wood Historic Fund.
“For 10 spots, we had something like 70 applicants from across the city,” said Liliana Polo-McKenna, CEO of OBT. “It’s a small but mighty group of 10.”
For the future, Polo-McKenna hopes to branch out in Brooklyn and attract more people to utilize the services of OBT. “We think that there are a ton of opportunities here in Brooklyn for jobs in the trades and construction fields. For us, it is really learning about what makes someone successful in this program.”