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.
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.