James’ favorite classes at IDEA were the carpentry courses he took through IDEA’s Academy of Construction and Design, because he has always aspired to become a carpenter. James earned several industry certifications in areas including safety, framing, hand tools, and power tools. He is an honor roll student and was recognized by his teachers with the “most positive” award. Outside of school, James studied mixed martial arts. After graduation, James will work for Miller & Long as a journeyman carpenter. James learned the value of hard work at IDEA and thanks ACAD Director Shelly Karriem for helping him succeed.