Desirae Hobbs - Carpentry

studentA Solid Career
As a youth, Desirae worked alongside her dad on a variety of construction projects. This experience helped lay the foundation for a career in the industry. In 2010, the Eatonville High School graduate took the first step toward earning a degree in the field. She enrolled in Bates' carpentry program.

"I came to Bates because of the emphasis on hands-on learning," said Desirae, who recently helped build a house in Lacey as part of a class project. "Because of my dad, I knew the basics, but Bates is teaching me the technical terms and other aspects of the job."

Being a female in a typically male-dominated industry does not faze Desirae, who said her classmates treat her well. "You're here to work, you're here to learn," she said. "In the industry, people want more women because it balances the equation out. Women have a different perspective, varying opinions, and often pay closer attention to detail than many men working in the field."

To Desirae, Bates is a place where people can start their careers. "Here, you can get solid footing in your skills and know for certain this is where you want to be, and what you want to do before you go out into the industry."

Desirae is currently awaiting entry as an apprentice in the carpenters union.