The Williamson Free School of Mechanical
Trades believes that the ideals upon which Isaiah V. Williamson founded
the School are as valid and relevant today as when the School was founded
in 1888. In its beliefs, Williamson remains committed to these ideals.
Commitment to Our Heritage
Commitment to Craftsmanship
- WE BELIEVE that healthy,
able-bodied young men who have learned a good mechanical trade, and
who are intellectually and emotionally prepared, honest, frugal, entrepreneurial,
temperate, and industrious, are certain to succeed in life, and to become
useful and respected members of society.
- WE BELIEVE that Judeo-Christian
ethics and values help to prepare graduates to be dependable, honest,
and productive workers.
Commitment to Community
- WE BELIEVE that work
should be done to the best of one’s ability, out of personal integrity.
High expectations of achievement must never be compromised.
- WE BELIEVE that work
done to the best of one’s ability is honorable. Through work well
done we are better able to serve one another.
- WE BELIEVE all those
associated with Williamson should be disciplined, honest, fair, confident,
frugal, committed to excellence, and professionally skilled.
- WE BELIEVE our work
should manifest a spirit of unity and harmony, and that everyone should
be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect.
- WE BELIEVE that a culturally
diverse campus setting enhances the quality of training, education,
and campus life.
The School’s core values are: Faith,
Integrity, Diligence, Excellence, and Service.
A Williamson Education
To meet the goals outlined above, Williamson takes a unique approach to occupational education. Over the course of three years at the School, students receive a broad education that includes study of trade and technical theory in the classroom and realistic work projects. Students also receive academic instruction that is designed to contribute to their career success. This well-rounded training is intended to provide graduates with the skills necessary for success in a wide variety of career options, from positions in the trade and technical fields to employment as small business owners.
But training at Williamson goes far beyond the classroom, as students live in a carefully structured environment that includes daily chapel, work details, a dress code, and clearly defined rules and responsibilities. A Williamson education emphasizes the importance of moral values, industry, and quality workmanship. The goal is to foster in students the proper attitudes for success in life and on the job, including self-discipline, personal integrity, and reliability.
An independent, post-secondary, vocational-technical school, Williamson provides all students with full scholarships that cover tuition, room, board, and textbooks, making Williamson the only free school of its kind in the nation. In exchange for their education, students must follow the School’s rules and help with the food service and maintenance of buildings and grounds.
For over 125 years, Williamson has been using its unique approach to vocational education to prepare high-quality tradesmen and technicians. In the process, it has gained a national reputation for producing graduates who have become expert craftsmen, successful businessmen, respected citizens, and recognized leaders in their fields.