On Friday, December 16th, Job Point will be hosting a graduation ceremony for students completing construction trades programs. The event will be held at 2:00pm at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 204 E. Ash Street, Columbia, Missouri. Twenty-eight individuals will be honored for their accomplishments. Three individuals acquired their General Equivalency Diploma during the past 6 months. Nine students have completed the Construction Trades Training, and 19 have met the requirements for the Highway/Heavy Construction Trades Training.
Classroom work is based on rigorous curricula established by the Home Builders Institute and the National Center for Construction Education and Research. Practical application of knowledge occurs by building homes under the supervision of instructors through Job Point’s Community Housing Development Organization. Homes are then sold to income-eligible persons or families, with down payment assistance available in partnership with the City of Columbia. Additionally, local infrastructure is improved through interns working alongside City and County employees on roads and bridges, in collaboration with the City of Columbia and County of Boone. Students also conduct community service and service learning projects for various private not for-profit and public entities.
These programs are funded by grants from the Department of Labor through YouthBuild, and the Missouri Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration. YouthBuild assists disadvantaged youth to advance educational levels, obtain skills training in the construction field, develop leadership abilities and advance towards high growth, high demand occupations, while building affordable housing in our community’s most impoverished neighborhoods. The Highway/Heavy Construction program provides training to minority, female and/or economically disadvantaged individuals. Students are placed into four-week paid internships with area highway contractors with grant funds covering their wages. In addition, On-the-Job Training dollars are available as an incentive to employers to hire graduates from the program. Employers may be reimbursed 50 percent of the first eight weeks wages through this beneficial program.
The most recently completed home built by YouthBuild participants, located at 411 McBaine Avenue in Columbia is currently for sale. In addition, a house undergoing complete rehabilitation is nearly finished at 904 Madison Avenue. Interested buyers are encouraged to call Brian Shannon at 573/777-1578.