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High School Outreach Update

Updated: Aug 15, 2022

We’ve been on the road in Cottonwood, AZ training students from VACTE. What a great program! The students were excited to put their skills to work. After just two days of spreading, buttering, leveling, plumbing, and ranging they decided to build a pizza oven.

We came up with a plan and they executed it with little instruction and a lot of teamwork. The brick oven was constructed with a mix of CMU and Brick. The floor of the oven is laid in a herringbone pattern and the top consisted of three brick arches. Impressive for the third day of training! With some help from Papa Murphy’s and a couple of students that knew their way around a brick oven. We had some awesome pizza! Also, notice the custom Pizza Peel made by Mr. Black. He’s currently taking orders!

COMING UP We will be back in the Valley at West-MEC Northeast campus. The students have been working on their Mini Houses and we are going to help with some adhered stone (Thank you Diversified Building Supply for your generosity!) to add some beauty. I can’t wait to see the pride in their faces when the stone is on, and they step back to see what they have created with their own two hands. Moments like these are why I love what I do.

Come out and see for yourselves at WEST-MEC Northeast starting January 24th – 28th.

Don't forget to email ( and/or call (602.622.9842) Ryan to make sure you are on his outreach list to join him in recruiting high school students, or to schedule him to visit your school .


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