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ACAD Instructor Featured in WAMU Series on Anacostia River Revitalization

National Public Radio station WAMU 88.5 recently aired a series of stories about the pollution and revitalization of the Anacostia River, featuring interviews with IDEA's own Dennis Chestnut. Before coming to IDEA, Mr. Chestnut founded and led the nonprofit Groundwork DC, dedicated to improving the natural environment in Ward 7 and beyond. Chestnut also helped DC Water create a new sewer tunnel to help reduce pollution in the Anacostia, and recently brought his students to the dedication of the new tunnel to help make the connection between construction and design skills and careers and environmental stewardship. 
 
Originally a carpenter by trade, Mr. Chestnut teaches levels three and four in the Academy of Construction and Design's construction track, which includes the internship class. Scholars not only continue to develop their construction skills, but also learn job site etiquette and more advanced techniques that will serve them well when they look for jobs. Construction company partners of the DC Student Construction Foundation typically hire ACAD students for summer internships or special projects. 
 
Read or listen to the stories here: https://wamu.atavist.com/anacostia-rising.
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