Careers in construction

Are you 18-24 years of age and have not completed High School or obtained a GED? No job? No training that will land you a job?

YOUTHBUILD TACOMA MAY BE THE ANSWER!

 

WHAT IS YOUTHBUILD?

YouthBuild Tacoma provides young people ages 18 – 24 the opportunity to learn job skills in the construction trades, along with life skills and leadership. YouthBuild Tacoma helps motivated young adults transform their lives and become leaders in their community. You’ll earn your GED, construction skills, certifications, and leadership training, all in this 30-week program. Graduates are entering a construction industry job market where applicants are in high demand.

Call for more details today 253-573-6819 OR
Come to an orientation session the 3rd Thursday each month:

REACH Center at Goodwill’s Milgard Work Opportunity Center
714 S. 27th Street |  1st Floor  |  Tacoma, WA

WHAT YOU’LL GET:

• GED Certificate
• Multi-Craft Core Curriculum Certification (union-recognized credential)
• Flagger’s certification
• OSHA-10 certification
• First Aid/CPR certification

WHAT YOU’LL HAVE ACCESS TO:

• Supportive services include:
• Transportation assistance
• Breakfast and lunch
• Tool belt and construction attire
• Stipend
• 1 year of follow-up services to connect with jobs after successfully completing program requirements

WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING:

• Students alternate between GED classes and construction workshop training each week.
• The first 12 weeks of classes take place in our construction lab, and the last 14 weeks are on-site learning at Habitat for Humanity, working to build a home.
• Students have a chance to complete internships and job shadowing in the last 4 weeks of the program.
• Leadership community service are core components of the program as well, and students will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and achieve education and career goals.

 

Fill out an online application or give us a call 

Fill out an online application HERE
Call us at 253-573-6819

We’ll contact you to schedule an interview and determine eligibility
Participate in 2-week introduction called Foundation

Interested students are oriented to the program in this 2-week period prior to enrollment. Students will get to know our staff and each other, participate in team-building activities, learn the program guidelines, and experience what it’s like to be a YouthBuild student. It is important to be on time, ready to learn and participate during Foundation. Since our program is a 30-week commitment, we want to be sure it is the right fit for each student. If a student does not complete Foundation or decides not to enroll in program, we will refer them to another program or resource that is a better fit.

Program enrollment or referral

 

MEET THE TEAM!

RONISHA HAMILTON

Ronisha’s professional background is in office work, however her job as the YouthBuild Case Manager has been quite interesting. If she could do anything, she would ensure equal rights and a level playing field for everyone no matter who they are or where they come from. What motivates her to work hard? “My family and the mistreatment and inequalities my race faces on a daily basis.”

AUDRA LAYMON

Audra, Youth Programs Manager, has worked at Goodwill since 2013 and oversees YouthBuild, youth GED programming, and Barista Training. She has lived in Tacoma for over a decade and is driven to help young people activate and engage as leaders and learners in our community. Outside of work, she loves printmaking, roller-skating, and writing.

 

 

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STARLA MUIR

Starla is a carpenter by trade and training. She spent 13 years in the Carpenters Union doing heavy industrial work, then in 2000 she started her own residential remodeling company. She has spent the last 18 years remodeling kitchens, baths, attics, basements etc. with a special interest in refurbishing and updating older homes. What can’t she live without? “I wouldn’t want to live without dogs in my life. They have been companions and friends all my life.”

MELVIN SMITH

Melvin has been working as a GED Instructor for 1 year, but has 5 years of experience in the education field. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a major in History. What motivates him to work hard? “The fact that I’m doing this for something greater than myself. I work hard to make my family proud, to be able to someday provide for a family of my own, and most importantly be able to help others get to a place to be the best versions of themselves and be proud of who they are and what they can be.“

PATRICK SMOLINSKI

After graduating from WWU, Patrick took a retail management position. Following that year, he moved to Seoul and spent four years teaching English in South Korea. In 2016 he moved back to WA and started working at YouthBuild as a Leadership Instructor. He is interested in continuing his schooling in Education. Patrick enjoys playing video games, running, working on cars and building models. “I think one of the biggest things I couldn’t live without are my cats. I have two tabbies that mean the world to me – they are the cutest kitties in the world.”

MICHAELA WOODMANSEE

Michaela does Outreach for the program, connecting YouthBuild with schools, service providers, businesses, and young people in Pierce County. She moved to Washington in 2016 for an AmeriCorps position with Habitat for Humanity, working with homeowners to build community, develop neighborhood leadership, and plan events. What would she not want to live without? “Exploring the outdoors. Being outside keeps me happy and energized.”

WALT WOOLF

Over the past nearly 30 years of professional work, Walt has been a river guide, Outward Bound Instructor & Course Director, non-profit administrator, Journeyman Shipwright and General Contractor. He currently hangs his hat as the YouthBuild Construction Coordinator and paddles outrigger canoes whenever he can.

 


 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON YOUTH BUILD TACOMA:

Ronisha Hamilton, Goodwill
714 S. 27th Street
Tacoma, WA
youthbuild@goodwillwa.org | 253.573.6819 or 253.573.6746

This project is funded 80% by a $1.1 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. This program is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program and Auxiliary Aids and Services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. 29. CFR 37.34

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