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Meet Our Season 41 Apprentices, Kathryn and De'Shaun

Kathryn Fulton and De'Shaun Burnett applied to our 2019 Generation NEXT Casting Call and nailed it! You'll see them in 2019-2020 episodes of This Old House on PBS

Back in February, we opened up another search for two apprentices to join us for an upcoming season of This Old House (TOH) TV. This round of apprentices would work alongside the TOH crew in Westerly, Rhode Island, and the Greater Boston-area project for Season 41 of TOH TV on PBS. We're thrilled to announce Kathryn Fulton and De'Shaun Burnett as our Generation NEXT apprentices for 2019-2020!

About Generation NEXT

Back in the summer of 2016, we joined with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to launch TOH's Generation NEXT apprenticeship program. We aimed to formalize our commitment to leveraging our platform to spark general interest in the trades as a viable career path, and stated our mission to help close the skills gap in America. To date, we've raised more than $600,000 for the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and Skilled Labor Fund, thanks to the unwavering, generous support of sponsors like American Standard. We’ve also helped to amplify and raise much-needed funds for high school-level trade-education programs like Kids Making It and unCommon Construction. The TOH TV Crew even participated in the Washington D.C. Bipartisan Senate Competitiveness Caucus and House Manufacturing Caucus panel.

Meet Kathryn and De'Shaun

This season, the Generation NEXT program continues with new apprentices Kathryn Fulton and De’Shaun Burnett, who join the ranks of Nathan Gilbert, Austin Wilson, Mary McGuire, Erick Ellison, and many other outstanding new trade professionals.

PHOTO: KEVIN O'CONNOR

Kathryn Fulton, 35, hails from Pembroke Pines, Florida, and has expanded her knowledge of the trades by immersing herself in hands-on experience with framing, drywalling, tiling, painting, and furniture repurposing. She's earned a Certificate of Interior Design from the University of Miami, and has dabbled in electrical, plumbing, and landscaping work. Kathryn has successfully completed a few impressive gut remodel jobs, too. Learn more about Kathryn by watching her audition video:

De’Shaun Burnett, 21, started exploring career opportunities when he was in high school. That's when he came across unCommon Construction (uCC), an amazing non-profit in New Orleans, Louisiana, that gives students valuable training in the building trades.

<p>De’Shaun spent several semesters with uCC, ultimately graduating as a crew leader in 2017. Before entering his third year of college studies in carpentry, De'Shaun joins Tommy, Norm, Richard, Roger, and the gang on the Season 41 job sites. Learn more about NOLA's unCommon Construction here:</p>

De’Shaun spent several semesters with uCC, ultimately graduating as a crew leader in 2017. Before entering his third year of college studies in carpentry, De'Shaun joins Tommy, Norm, Richard, Roger, and the gang on the Season 41 job sites. Learn more about NOLA's unCommon Construction here:

PHOTO: KEVIN O'CONNOR

unCommon Construction: Building houses. Framing character. from unCommon Construction on Vimeo.

Congratulations, Kathryn and De'Shaun!



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