YouthBuild celebrates graduates ready for a career in construction

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) ─ New stateline graduates are ready for a career in construction.

YouthBuild Rockford celebrated the success of it’s 24th graduating class Thursday evening at Memorial Hall in downtown Rockford. 23 graduates, ranging in ages from 16 to 23, completed the program.

YouthBuild teaches at risk youth vocational skills in construction. Many of the skill are learned while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

“It’s really exciting to see young people that are on a career path and we’re a work readiness program,” said Katrina Carlson, Program Director of YouthBuild. “So, we’re working on soft skills, interviewing, resume building and just trying to give them, not only the certifications skills, but just the life skills that’s going to make them ready for employment.”

14 graduates have already gained employment, or have been placed in internships.

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