Gerlach Workforce Development Center – January 2023

  • Date and Time: January 18, 2022

Join us January 2023 for the next session of the Gerlach Workforce Development Center.

Go to January 2023 Curriculum

Gerlach Workforce Development Center is an education center and workforce development program offered in January in Gerlach, activating one of the slowest winter months when outdoor activities are limited. The program will run for three weeks, with classes offered January 11-18th; classes will range from 2 to 5 days in length. All classes will occur on Burning Man Project properties in Gerlach. Teachers and students will have the option to stay in the Gerlach Estates. The program will offer a variety of courses ranging between graduate level seminars, single day workforce certifications, and philosophical discussions that do not involve credit. The offerings will appeal to every level of social class, affordability, age, and interest — just like Black Rock City. Participants will be able to sign up for one or multiple classes offered during the January time frame. 

 


 

January 2023 Curriculum

 

 


 

Kitchen Herbalism

Instructor: Melissa “Hormel” Waters
Duration: 2 days – 6 hrs per day
Tuition: $300 per session
Dates: January 2023

Immerse yourself in the ancient tradition of kitchen herbalism with this course intended to increase your health and wellbeing with the herbs and spices found in most spice racks. Learn why you add paprika to deviled eggs, oregano to spaghetti sauce, and nutmeg to your eggnog. Study the medicinal benefits of common kitchen herbs like rosemary and garlic, basil and tarragon.

Students in this course will learn how to improve their kitchen herbalism with instruction on making herbal vinegars, spice blends, herbal infused oils, and more. Traditional, and sometimes weird,  home remedies using common kitchen ingredients will also be discussed. All students will go home with a delicious selection of herbal remedies and kitchen table additions that are sure to add healing qualities to  their home cooking and family wellness.

 

Registration Opens Soon!

 

 


 

Introduction to Wood in Construction

Instructor: James “Popeye” McManus
Duration: 3 days – 3 hrs per day
Tuition: $275
Dates: January 2023

This is an introductory course to wood used in construction from historical methods to the modern era. We will cover species found in North America, their best use along with milling and the benefits of different methods. We will explore the many techniques of joinery and fastening.

 

Registration Opens Soon!

 

 


 

Inclusive Growth: Lectures on Economic Development

Instructor: Matthew ‘Chef’ Kwatinetz
Duration: TBD
Tuition: $270
Dates: January 2023

Guided by the ideals of social enterprise, Leaving No Trace, and Decommodification, Burning Man Project has become more involved in economic development in rural Nevada. What does that mean? The fundamental purpose of economic development is to enable inclusive growth. Economic developers seek to shape the economy, intervening in situations in which the market economy (i.e., free market capitalism) fails the worker, the entrepreneur, the citizen and/or society as a whole. We live in a time of extreme politics and social strife, in which the gap between rich and poor in the US is at one of its highest historically, the effects of climate change are increasingly reshaping the livability of the world, and the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked further havoc on the economy. Do Burners have a role to play? Now more than ever, we must seek efficient pathways for those in both rural and urban areas to experience inclusive growth and prosperity. Is it time for revolution or evolution? Communities must create ecosystems that develop new ideas and help to foster cultural, entrepreneurial, civic, scientific, and artistic creativity.
This course will examine the evolution – in theory and practice – of economic development concepts, with a specific look at Burning Man Project’s ongoing efforts in Gerlach, NV. Underlying systems will be examined, including those of housing production, transportation systems, supply chains, and infrastructure. The evolution of economic development schools of thought will be reviewed, from comparative advantage to export base theory, anchor theory, cluster theory, and integrated local area development using land as a capital resource. By completing the course, participants will obtain a basic understanding of forces affecting economic development strategies, information on successful and unsuccessful approaches, and an opportunity to engage in a critical analysis and contribute views to Burning Man Project’s planning. 

 

Registration Opens Soon!

 

 


 

Solar Power 101

Instructor: Bruce Cooper
Duration: 3 day – 4 hrs per day
Tuition: $300
Dates: January 2023

Solar Power 101 will cover the basics of solar power. Modules will cover carbon footprint, some basic electricity, solar overview, load and load calculations, batteries, solar modules, charge controllers, inverters and converters, auxiliary systems, tools, and solar math. There will be a number of labs with hands-on participation. As a final project, we will build a number of working solar power systems. Students with no background in solar energy are welcome to take this course.
Materials: students should come to class with a calculator and note taking materials. 

 

Registration Opens Soon!

 

 


 

Welding Theory and Practical Lab

Instructor: Chris “Weldboy” Goodin
Duration: 2 days – 3 hrs per day
Tuition: $210

 

 

 

Dates:
Course #1
Wednesday, January 11th
Lecture 10-12
Lab hours 1-4
Thursday, January 12th
Lecture 10-12
Lab hours 1-4
Friday , January 13th
Lab hours 10-12 and again from 1-3
Course #2
Sunday, January 15th
Lecture 10-12
Lab hours 1-4
Monday, January 16th
Lecture 10-12
Lab hours 1-4
Tuesday, January 17th
Lab hours 10-12 and again from 1-3

This course will consist of 2 days of 2-hour group classroom lectures, followed by one hour of practical lab. During the course, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate some of the concepts learned in class through an hour-long, hands-on, 1:1 session with the course instructor.
Please note that this course is not a practical hands-on course to learn how to weld, but rather a Welding Theory course to learn some of the concepts of the welding process. The practical portion of the course will be focused on demonstrating the material learned in lecture. This course can be taken by students with no welding knowledge and would be an excellent stepping stone to learning the skill.

 

Introduction to Electrical Work

Instructor: Eli Smith
Duration: 4 day – 4 hrs per day
Tuition: $250
Dates: January 2023

This course will cover some basic home wiring, troubleshooting and some entry level electrical theory. It is meant for the person that may need to replace an outlet, switch and /or light fixtures. It will also provide some insight into what an electrical apprenticeship might entail. There will be some basic safety and math. A little bit of lab time and a little bit of lecture time.

Registration Opens Soon!

 


 

 


 

Program details, including information about transportation, lodging, meals, and our COVID-19 policy, are available in our Student Policies and Procedures.

Other useful resources:
Gerlach: History, Local Businesses, Things To Do & Explore in the Area
January 2023 GWDC Packing List
2023 Education Center & Workforce Development Program Description

Vision

Building a dynamic workforce for Burning Man Project, Gerlach, and the Northern Nevada region.

Mission

Leveraging the incredible knowledge and experience inside the Burning Man community in order to help workers “skill up” and inspire social change by partnering with the workforce community to service Burning Man Project and regional employment needs.

Background

Gerlach Workforce Development Center is an education center and workforce development program offered in January in Gerlach, activating one of the slowest winter months when outdoor activities are limited. The program will run for three weeks, with classes offered January 11-18th; classes will range from 2 to 5 days in length. All classes will occur on Burning Man Project properties in Gerlach. Teachers and students will have the option to stay in the Gerlach Estates. The program will offer a variety of courses ranging between graduate level seminars, single day workforce certifications, and philosophical discussions that do not involve credit. The offerings will appeal to every level of social class, affordability, age, and interest — just like Black Rock City. Participants will be able to sign up for one or multiple classes offered during the January time frame. 

Objectives

  • Offer a comprehensive selection of classes.
  • Graduate level seminars and accredited courses.
  • Single day workforce certifications.
  • Demand driven skills training that will assist individuals within our crews and the community in gaining access to employment opportunities within Burning Man Project and critical industry sectors identified within the region.
  • Business incubation/entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable energy education
  • Support economic prosperity and income mobility.
  • Help bring the culture of Burning Man and a decommodified economy into the world. 
  • Identify and partner with professors, instructors and facilitators within the Burning Man Project and workforce development communities to offer curriculum that will assist participants in gaining industry valued skills and recognized postsecondary credentials.
  • Further activate Burning Man Project properties.
  • Increase the year round presence of Burning Man Project in Gerlach by bringing people to the region during the winter months.
  • Strengthen and increase the number of partnerships between Burning Man Project and the workforce development community.
  • Promote Burning Man Project Program Areas: Civic Involvement, Culture, Education, Social Enterprise. 

Past Events 

GWDC launched in January of 2021 and came back by popular demand in January of 2022 with three courses. The third session took place in May of 2022, offering seven different courses to over 50 students. The January 2023 session will make the fourth event held in Nortern Nevada.

Pricing 

Each course varies in price depending on required resources. Since the beginning, GWDC has never turned away anyone for lack of funds and has provided scholarships for every single course offered. The program depends on the generous donations of supporters who increase the capacity to provide free and discounted tuition. We have a “scholarship supporter” ticket option, where you can contribute directly to support another student’s tuition within our program.

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Covid Policy 

Our safety policies are responsive and updated frequently according to current conditions. As the event approaches, this section will be updated to incorporate the most recent safety measures. 

The Gerlach Workforce Development Center is a program offered by Green Tree Nevada Properties LLC, a wholly-owned social enterprise of Burning Man Project that promotes Civic Engagement, Leaving No Trace, and Burning Man culture through decommodified programs like this one.