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WCC is partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor to offer a YouthBuild program. YouthBuild is a program that is dedicated to young adults ages 16-24 with the focus of education, life skills and leadership. Students may earn their GED, obtain construction credentials, receive leadership training and have the opportunity to construct housing for low-income families in their community.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 16-24 years old
  • In need of a high school equivalency diploma
  • Low-income

Program Features:

  • 22-week program with no costs to participants
  • Additional first year of support for career services and assistance with job placement
  • In addition to training, participants supported with counseling and case management services
  • Eligible participants may receive additional support through MI Works!

Program completers will attain the following:

  • GED Completion
  • OSHA certification
  • Opportunity to earn construction credentials through the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER)
  • Participate in construction of a new home for a low-income family in Ypsilanti Township as well as renovation of another low-income housing unit
  • Leadership training
  • Completion of community service projects
  • And much more…

The third and final YouthBuild cohort for the current grant has started.

For information on completing your GED at WCC see the Adult Transitions – GED Plus program.

Please check back at a later date for updates on possible future YouthBuild programming.


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