Irwin 2015 Nominate a Tradesman Grand Prize Winner
Jen Netherwood – the Irwin 2015 Nominate a Tradesman Grand Prize Winner
Irwin Tools came up with the idea of celebrating tradesmen with National Tradesman Day five years ago. This year, they added a bonus by searching for a national Irwin “ultimate” Tradesman by inviting anyone to nominate a tradesman they know and love. Over 3,000 people were nominated, but only one could be the Irwin 2015 Nominate a Tradesman grand prize winner. With many thanks to Irwin Tools, Jen Netherwood is taking home a new 2015 Ford F-150 XLT 4×4 Super Crew, $2,000 in Irwin tools and accessories, and $2,000 in cash. We got a front row seat at the Irwin Tools 2015 Media Event.
So how did Jen separate herself from the other finalists to become this year’s Irwin 2015 Nominate a Tradesman Grand Prize Winner ? First of all, her friend Bridget Quinn nominated her. Here’s a copy of the actual submission:
You don’t typically get to throw your own name in the hat, you need to be recognized by someone else. In fact, Jen didn’t even realize it had been done on her behalf—she had to be told to check her email since she didn’t have a clue she’d won. Not tech savvy? Hardly. She just didn’t have time to be attached to her computer.
Meet Jen Netherwood – Irwin 2015 Nominate a Tradesman Grand Prize Winner
Aside from being the Irwin 2015 Nominate a Tradesman Grand Prize Winner and getting to hang out at a great event and share in the festivities, Jen is an outstanding journeyman carpenter and former college soccer coach. She began spending time in a corrections facility—no, not for the reasons you might suspect. She was teaching women offenders how to take on a pre-apprentice role. The goal is to help those women enter into an apprenticeship trade when their time is served and avoid the cycle of criminal behavior and becoming potential repeat offenders.
Jen noted specifically the pride that these women take in the skills they learn. With so many having children, it means a lot when their sons and daughters are proud of what they are able to do. For someone that is ashamed of what’s in their past, it’s a massive boost to morale when family members are proud of them. Clearly, Jen is making a huge impact in the lives of these women.
At one point, the program she was involved in lost its private funding and was in danger of closing. Jen picked up some carpentry work on the side with a determination to keep it running. Over the course of the next year, she found a way to work with a local community college and the Bureau of Labor and Industries to make it work without outside corporate interests.
Currently, the program is designed to empower 20-25 women each year, but Jen knows there is potential to reach many more. It’s her desire to help this program spread to all 50 states in correctional facilities for both men and women. Programs like these help the corrections system do what it was originally designed to do—rehabilitate offenders to be productive citizens once they get out.
From Pro Tool Reviews, congratulations Jen! Thanks for your efforts to reach this group of people and fill the need for tradesmen!
Check out the Irwin Ultimate Tradesman 2015 video presentation and more of Jen’s story for yourself!