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?


Youth build tacoma



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 helps motivated young adults transform their lives and become leaders in their community. You’ll earn your GED, learn construction skills, earn certifications, and receive leadership training, all in a 30-week program. Graduates will be a entering a booming construction industry job market where applicants are in high demand.

Call for more details today 253-254-4959 OR
Come to a Meet & Greet the 2nd & 4th Thursday each month at 1pm:

Goodwill’s Milgard Work Opportunity Center
714 S. 27th Street |  3rd Floor  |  Tacoma, WA


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


Supportive services including:
• Transportation assistance
• Breakfast and lunch
• Tool belt and construction attire
• Monthly stipend
• 1 year of post-graduation support and services
• Caring and supportive community


EDUCATION: GED classes, educational programming and leadership development throughout the program.
HANDS ON TRAINING: Construction training in our lab for the first 12 weeks, and on a Habitat for Humanity site for the next 14 weeks.
WORK WITH MENTORS: Students have a chance to complete internships and job shadowing in the last 4 weeks of the program.
LEARN TO LEAD: 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 253-573-6860 or email

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

There are a set number of slots for each crew and the selection process can be competitive.  If you are not selected, program staff will provide feedback and connect you with other programs.





Ronisha has been part of the YouthBuild team since 2016. Her professional background is in office work. She is committed to ensuring equal rights and a level playing field for everyone no matter who they are or where they come from. Here’s what motivates her to work hard: “My family and the mistreatment and inequalities that my race faces on a daily basis.”


After graduating from WWU in spring of 2011, Patrick took a retail management position. Following that year, he moved to Seoul and spent the following four years teaching English in South Korea. In 2016 he moved back to Washington and started working at YouthBuild. 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 l Outreach and Enrollment

Michaela does outreach for the program, connecting with schools, service providers, businesses, and young people in Pierce County. Prior to joining YouthBuild, she worked for various social service programs and completed an AmeriCorps position with Habitat for Humanity. She is motivated to work alongside young people to break down barriers that society puts in place, and support them in achieving the goals that they have for themselves. She believes community is vital in making that happen, and loves being part of the community building process with the YouthBuild program.


RICH JONES l Construction Coordinator

Rich Jones comes to the YouthBuild program with vast experience within the building trades. Rich has 25 years of working in residential construction including operating as a General Contractor and Home Inspector since 2001. Additionally Rich has 9 years’ experience as a pre – apprenticeship instructor and is greatly motivated by his passion to help young people develop skills to enter the trades.

EMILY SLAGLE l Program Manager

Emily recently joined the team in the summer of 2018.  Her drive to empower youth in under-served neighborhoods in an effort to stop the prison pipeline started with her work with the Department of Corrections and then doing extensive non-profit work around youth development at Boys & Girls Clubs.  In the non-profit world, Emily was an early adopter of both measuring impact and commitment to program improvement to benefit the youth served.  She is a youth development professional who understands the multi-layered mission of demonstrating impact to funders, providing value to partners, and building life-long relationships with the young people who need the most in this world.  “My motivation to do this work continues to stem from the relationships I have created with youth over the years.  I hear from them often and they share their successes and even downfalls with me. I take great pride in knowing they still want to contact me for advice and wisdom.  It’s amazing work being able to help youth choose to take different path when they felt so stuck…and all because they just needed someone to believe in them.”

CAITIE GEOGHEGAN l Construction Trainer

Originally from Richmond Virginia, Caitie completed two terms of AmeriCorps working with Habitat for Humanity after graduating college in 2016. She has spent the last few years working with multiple non-profits and really enjoys working with youth of all ages because she believes it is a great way to see positive change in the future. Caitie joined the team in summer 2018.  “In my spare time I like to do anything athletic or outdoors. One thing I cant live without is my coffee, you don’t want to talk to me until I have had some…!”

KRISTEN S. l Job Developer

Kristen has over 15 years of experience working in human services in the areas of youth residential, family shelter, ministry, and medical settings which has allowed her to travel throughout various areas of the United States. “What keeps me motivated to do this work is the fact that I was once a homeless, gang involved teenage mother, who grew up in and out of the state foster care system.  I now have a passion to give others hope and opportunities to restore their lives.”


Michaela Woodmansee, Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator
714 S. 27th Street
Tacoma, WA | 253.254.4959

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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