A Proud Tradition
The skilled trades include a wide variety of professions that require specific knowledge, skills, and abilities. Skilled tradespeople—such as carpenters, welders, plumbers, electricians, and landscapers—are the backbone of the economy, and have been for over a century.
Skilled trade jobs generally don't require a bachelor's degree (no student debt), and can often lead to careers that pay $75,000 a year or more. Many tradespeople also launch their own businesses. These are entrepreneurial paths and are widely considered "essential businesses."
Our mission is simple: Prepare you for a lucrative and rewarding trades career, make you more valuable to employers, and move you towards the freedom of operating a construction business of your own. We do that through high-quality online courses that value your time and effort.
Pride in Our Work. We believe in attention to detail, the value of specific knowledge, and in building things that last.
Continuous Learning. We believe education and skills development are the best investments in a person’s life. With the power of online education, you can apprentice with the best master craftspeople to learn construction skills no matter where you are.
Opportunities. We believe that rewarding jobs and careers are in the skilled trades, and we can connect you with the best training and resources in the world.
Gabe Jewell leads our creative process. Most recently, he was a Supervising Creative Producer at MasterClass, leading creative on classes with luminaries from Stephen Curry to Steve Martin. Prior to MasterClass, he was an Executive Producer at Story Pirates, an education and media company that works with actors and comedians to make learning more engaging. He holds a B.A. in Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern.
Head of Product
Patricia Ng has led product and marketing teams at Yummly, Sheyna, and Chibitronics. Prior to her time at startups, Patricia spent 10 years at eBay, building new features and businesses. She holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford.
Head of Education
Jordan Smith is CEO and founder of Smith House & Company, a design and building firm based in Austin, TX. He got his start in construction with Matt Risinger, and worked with Matt for 2 years. Jordan is a welder by trade, and spent 10 years in the oil and gas industry “programming robots to weld together.” He is an active member of the American Welding Society and holds a degree in Material Joints Engineering.
COB and Founding Investor
Michael Dearing is the founder of Harrison Metal, an early-stage investment fund. Michael was a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University from 2006-2014, where he taught classes in management, entrepreneurship, and commercializing new technology. Prior to Harrison Metal and Stanford, MD held management and exec positions at eBay, Industrial Shoe, Disney, and Filene’s Basement. He holds a degree in economics from Brown, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.