Pierce County youths interested in construction can apply to join a free training program with Goodwill called YouthBuild.
YouthBuild is accepting applications this month for 16 spots in a six-month program that begins in October. People ages 16 to 24 are eligible to apply.
During the six-month training, students work together to learn to rehabilitate and build homes by working on a project for a low-income family. Participants can earn a construction certification, learn leadership and organizational skills, and can get help filling out college applications and applying for financial aid. The program has a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $1.1 million to Tacoma’s YouthBuild construction career program to pay for instruction for 64 students over three or more years. Goodwill will contribute $275,000 through the store’s retail sales to the program.
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Those interested in enrolling for the October program should contact Ronisha Hamilton, YouthBuild case manager at Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region, at 253-573-6819.