Masonry/Preservation students have been working on several projects right on the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES campus, according to Career and Technical Education teacher Erik Cantamessa.

“My students have been repairing a Sheetrock wall located in the boys locker room and installing brick pavers in the walkway off one of the buildings on campus,” Cantamessa said.

Masonry/Preservation students receive hands-on instruction in laying concrete block and brick, composite walls, fireplaces, landscaping pavers, setting tile, stone work, stucco and concrete pouring/finishing. They also learn about the different types of mortar mixes, their strength and uses; reinforcement of masonry walls; masonry cleaning; weather protection for masonry; and estimating supplies and materials for jobs.