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DMACC Youthbuild Program to Build Houses for Low-Income Families

Posted 8/5/2011

Des Moines Area Community College's (DMACC's) Youthbuild program will be hosting several upcoming informational meetings.

The Youthbuild program provides disadvantaged youth ages 18 to 24 with the opportunity to complete a General Education Development (GED) and receive carpentry training earning a pre-apprentice certificate and college credit.

The Youthbuild participants will partner with Habitat for Humanity to construct several houses for designated low-income families in Des Moines.

The next Youthbuild information meetings will be held at the Harding Hills Shopping Center (next to Hy-Vee) at 3420 Martin Luther King Parkway, Suite 100 at the following times:

  • Tues., August 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. and
  • Thur., August 11 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7: 30 p.m.

The nearly $800,000 U.S. Department of Labor grant will serve 3 seven-month classes of approximately 15 students each, for a total of 45 students participating in the program. Qualified applicants must go through an interview and evaluation process. Final selections for the next Youthbuild classes will be Aug. 26, 2011.

Applications can be picked up at the DMACC office at 3420 Martin Luther King Parkway next to the Hy-Vee at Harding Hills Shopping Center or call (515) 697-7700 for more information.

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