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For Immediate Release

Construction Career Training Opportunities Available through Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati

April 18, 2019

Media Contact:
Michael Beauchat

Easterseals YouthBuild Crew working on home renovation project

Young adults facing economic disadvantages who live in Hamilton County can now apply for construction career training through Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati. The agency is offering two programs, YouthBuild and Fast TrAC, designed to address the skills gap in the construction industry and break the cycle of poverty.

“Greater Cincinnati has one of the highest youth poverty rates in the nation, while facing a major shortage of skilled construction labor,” said Pam Green, President and CEO of Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati. “We cannot ignore this crisis. Easterseals has a solution that works, and provides hope and opportunity to a population that needs its voice to be heard.”

Easterseals has set a goal of providing construction career training to a minimum of 200 low-income young adults who live in Hamilton County in 2019. That is a 70% increase over the number trained in previous years.

YouthBuild, a national workforce development initiative of the US Department of Labor and locally by Hamilton County Job and Family Services, provides paid construction training for low-income young adults, ages 17 – 24, who have not earned their high school diploma or GED. It takes a comprehensive approach to position trainees for success by providing academic support, counseling, career guidance, and employability skills. During the four to six month program, trainees receive on-the-job training in all aspects of the construction field while also creating new housing for low-income families.

YouthBuild graduates earn their high school diploma or equivalent, the National Career Readiness Certificate, OSHA-10 and forklift training certifications, and the nationally-recognized National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) construction credential.

In the 10 years that Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati has offered YouthBuild, it has achieved impressive results:

Easterseals also provides a Fast TrAC (Training and Credentials) option for low-income adults who have already earned their high school diploma or equivalent. This intensive, eight-week program includes the same credential and certification opportunities, along with apprenticeship and job networking opportunities.

Easterseals youth construction programs are made possible by generous funding from the Citi Foundation and the Spirit of Construction Foundation. 

For more information or to apply, contact Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati at 513-386-6802 or youthbuild@eastersealsgc.org.

Easterseals youth construction education partners include Dohn Community High School, Lighthouse Community School and Life Skills High School of Cincinnati.

Employment partners include Messer Construction, Building Value, Deer Park Roofing, Biehl Brothers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions.

Apprenticeship partners include Allied Construction Industries, Messer Construction, the Greater Cincinnati Apprenticeship Council, and Cincinnati State.

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