Justin Matthews Opens Business, Praises KC Carpentry Program


Justin Matthews graduated from Odin High School in 2003 and started taking classes at Kaskaskia College in the carpentry program with Associate Professor Pete Donnelly. He graduated in the spring of 2005 with his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Carpentry Occupations.

After graduation Justin went to Fairview Heights to work with a contractor building homes. After a couple of years he decided to come back to Mt Vernon to work at Lowe’s in sales and building materials as an installer. Having his degree and experience, he decided to start a business. In 2010, he formed his own company, Alpha & Omega Construction Company, of which he is Owner/President. His company is fully licensed, bonded, fully insured and incorporated. The company does all types of construction including roofing, room additions, new construction, remodeling, concrete, flooring, dry wall, seamless guttering, kitchens, bathrooms, and excavating. Justin feels that his company is truly a “one stop shop” for all residential and commercial construction needs. The company has three full time employees and two part time employees, and is looking to expand and consequently Justin recently contacted Pete Donnelly to see if he had any students for potential employment.

Justin said “The carpentry program at Kaskaskia College is very well-developed, very comprehensive and it teaches all aspects of the trade.” He felt that all of the classes helped to make him the well rounded person he needs to be to manage his company and the 70/30 of hands on/lecture of instruction was the perfect ratio for learning. Justin said “Pete Donnelly is an excellent instructor, so easy to approach when you need something explained to you.  He has been in business himself so he knows the trade.” He feels that even though he graduated from Kaskaskia College in 2005, he still can call on Donnelly at any time for advice.

Associate Professor Pete Donnelly said “Justin was one of those students that had his mind made up when entering the carpentry program of what his career path was going to be, and came in with so much enthusiasm and determination. He was always very good in the hands-on portion of the classes, excelled in the bookwork portion in keeping up with the rules, regulations, codes, and had very good math skills. He enjoyed being here, always turned in his projects on time, attended classes regularly, had great work ethics and was here to learn, which made him was an exemplary student.  His success makes my job very rewarding.”

For more information about Justin and his company, Alpha and Omega Construction, go to his website at .  For more information on the Carpentry or Construction programs at KC, contact Professor Pete Donnelly at 618-545-3407 or

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