By Chuck Slothower | Construction, Focus on workforce development
Last month, Pat Daniels speaks during a fundraiser for the Constructing Hope pre-apprenticeship program. (Courtesy of Constructing Hope)
The economic boom has been good for nearly everyone connected to the construction industry. But for Constructing Hope, the steady supply of high-paying jobs has led to an unforeseen complication: Its trainers have gone back to work.
The cash-strapped nonprofit relies on a mix of paid trainers and volunteers to teach flooring, roofing and framing to low-income individuals. Many of the trainees come straight from prison or jail – about 70 percent were recently incarcerated.
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