An Alternative Education
For many at-risk young people between the ages of 16 to 24, there is a need to learn a trade in construction while working towards completing their GEDs or high school diplomas. YouthBuild, a national network, started in 1978 and currently offers close to 300 programs in 46 states, Washington, DC and the Virgin Islands. It receives its primary funding from the US Department of Labor and it is administered by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA).
YouthBuild takes a comprehensive approach to the training and education of students. As a result, its programs have evolved into something more. They provide schooling on alternate weekends in a small classroom environment. This gives students an excellent opportunity for one-on-one attention for their educational needs.
In addition to earning their high school diploma or GED, students receive construction skills training from quailed instructors. They apply these newly-developed talents as they build housing for the homeless and low-income people. As a result, they develop a sense of civic responsibility and leadership. IEC Chesapeake proudly assists YouthBuild by working with these civic- and career-minded students through the pre-apprenticeship phase.
For more information about IEC Chesapeake’s involvement with YouthBuild program, call us at (301) 621-9545 or toll free at (800) 470-3013.