January Newsletter

Happy New Year!


Rancho Cordova Little League Field

NCCT is in the process of building a new dugout for the Rancho Cordova Little League Field.  Instructor Jason Billington and students from the South Sacramento Afternoon Program spent the last few weeks of December repainting bleachers and benches. They also built 2 new backstops. Currently, Michelle West and the South Sacramento Afternoon class are working with Cement Mason Local 400 to dig out footing to pour onto concrete slabs. 


Hands on Construction Career Fair

NBACA Union Apprenticeship will be hosting a hands on construction career fair on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 8:30am – 1:30pm.  There will be 18 different construction trades that will be participating in this event.  For more information please call, (707) 863-0416.



It’s official—NCCT’s 2nd Annual Pasta Feed Fundraiser will be on April 15th, 2017!  More information will be available on our NCCT App soon. By the way, the app is now available at both the Google Play and Apple Stores! Download it today and receive news updates and exclusive deals.


NCCT NEWS – What’s Everyone Up To?

Mike Anckner, Elinor Hickey High School and Foothill High School Adult Program

Mike and his students at Elinor Hickey spent the month of December reorganizing the shop and lumber stockpiles.  In addition to the overall cleanup and reorganization of the shop, the students built pony walls for a wood shed that will be used to separate lumber by both size and type.  The students ended the year with a Christmas Party where they were recognized for good attendance and behavior.



  • 3 students returned to their original School District

Brian Bartch, Yolo County Fairground – Woodland Adult Program and YCCP

Brian and his students have started a project for the Yolo County Public Defender’s office converting a few old offices into walk-in closets for trial cases.  The classes are also working on a dog house for a student and are building a sandbox for a lady in the community.


Jason Billington, Foothill High School and WUSD High School Program

Jason, along with other NCCT High School Programs, had a short month in December followed by a 2 week winter break.  Jason and students from both programs worked on individual Christmas projects for their family members.


Ralph Ernest, Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps (SRCC)

The students at SRCC are continuing to work with Habitat for Humanity repairing a house in Elk Grove.  They will start to build another tiny house soon.



  • The following students received their Forklift Certificate
    • Jackie Castaneda and Donovan Mckinnie

Chris Faix, San Joaquin Fairground-Stockton

Chris and his students spent the month of December setting up their new “shop area.”  The shop area is the old Hog Barn filled with miscellaneous clutter from over the last 15 years.  The students spent 3 days cleaning out the barn and have set up work stations, framed in a wall to set up permanent area for the compound miter saw and have started to prepare to run a 220 amp services for a welding booth.  The class also learned how to make their own stains using materials such as coffee grounds, installed more LED TVs at the Winners Building and worked on the ongoing repairs of the picnic benches.


Jason Francis, Roseville Adult Program and Mather Program

Jason and his Roseville students spent the month of December fixing the bathrooms on the Placer County Fairgrounds.  The bathroom ceilings had major water damages to them; the students demoed the ceiling and replaced them.  Through this process the students learned to re-tape the joints and retexture ceiling.  This project is almost complete; all that is left is painting.

The students at Mather worked on building benches out of broken down picnic tables.



  • Carl Stinton – Erikson Construction

Nauy Huynh, West Sacramento Adult Program and Cache Creek High School

Nauy and the students at West Sacramento have been working on various projects.  The class has built new doors for the shed that is in the back, they learned how to frame, install siding and trim throughout the process.  They have also built a little library that is a replica of the Sacramento Kings Toon House that was built last year. 



  • John Belardi and Tyler Shirk received their learner’s permit
  • John Belardi has passed 3 of the 5 GED tests

Matt Kelly, Vista High School and Adult Programs

Matt and his students have been primarily in the classroom working on blueprint reading. 


Mauricia Lopez, Youth Detention Facility

Mauricia and her students built student storages for the tool belt, tools and safety gears.  The students also built work benches for Unit 16 yard, the garden, for Unit 6 yard, and a planter box for Unit 17 yard.


Richard Mendez, Rio Consumnes Correctional Center

Richard and his students have continued to build the kennel structure for the K-9 officers’ quarter.  The kennel is now framed, siding is hung, the roof is completed and all of the exterior work is done.  Students are now installing the insulation and getting it ready for the wanes coat.


Joe Neally, Stanislaus Fairground

The class built a set of Greenbay Packers cornhole boards for Faye Summers.  They also built a set of Adirondack chairs and tables for Vicky Trask.  Aside from building projects, the class also spent some time painting the inside of building E-3 on the fairgrounds.


Chris Thurman, Ukiah

Chris and his students were busy completing the two-story redwood playhouse this month.  The playhouse is framed with ladder and a trap door, painted and completed with a gable roofing system and comp shingles drip edge included.


Michelle West, South Sacramento Morning & Afternoon and Woodland Jail

Michelle and both Morning and Afternoon classes have had a busy month in December with various projects.  Both classes built 2 sets of stairs that included railing and baluster.  This project allowed the students to figure out the rise and steps to code as a learning tool. Both classes also did a project offsite at the Dooley Little league Field in Willamland Park to help remove the giant oak tree that fell on their field.  There, the students learned chainsaw safety, wood splitting and to chop wood with an axe. 

The morning students went to the Teamsters to build a room learning the proper layouts, cuts, measuring and installing the window and door.  They also built a table out of wine barrels for Katie Villegas using straight cuts, angles and bevel cuts to create a nice table finish.  The tables were also finished with a stain and clear coat to give it a nice effect. 

The afternoon students went over to the Cordova Lane Little League Field to help repair benches and repainted the dugouts.

The students at Woodland Jail are keeping busy with bookwork inside, due to the patio, where their shop is held, currently shut down.




  • Patrick Peterson received his High School Equivalency
  • Randall Harvey received his High School Diploma


  • The following students received their Forklift Certificate:
    • Richard Lee, Lolita Moreno, Ramona Dean, Bryan Bryla, Glenn Basped, Shawn Donald, Maurice Walker, John Andrus, Jacare Scott and Julian Oakley

Tyler Wood, Welding

Tyler and his students are still working on the Port-o-Potty trailer for the Caltrans’ van.  They will begin to build new Laborer test boxes sometime this month.


Important Dates

NCCT will be CLOSED:

January 2017

2nd – New Years

16th – Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

February 2017

20th – Presidents’ Day


Happy Birthday


6th Jake Meehan

12th Richard Mendez

24th Farm Saelee

26th Jamie Boes



21st Ken Swafford


Happy Anniversary


9th Tami Anckner – 19 years

24th Heather Doss – 3 years


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