Through funding in part from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a career technical center in
Work readiness classes were held each week. Many of the classes had a math component featuring fractions and how they play a key role in many jobs, including construction. Other work readiness sessions included safety, proper dress and being responsible and on-time in the workplace. Participants were introduced to a wide array of building materials needed for a construction project, and instructors explained how and why “green” building products are environmentally friendly. Using new skills, the summer youth built the press box for the community.
The city was a major project partner, sponsoring the costs of the architect, blue prints, engineering and ground breaking. A local construction company also partnered, and provided guest speakers and field trips to different building sites. Over the course of the summer, the youth worked 20 hours per week, in class and on the job, and were paid $7.40 per hour. Over 150 disadvantaged youth participated, taking with them the ability to learn new skills, apply math in the workplace and understand “green” construction.