opportunity will come true for a group of future construction workers in
Kodiak. Later this month a four-week intensive workshop will teach the basics
of the trade to 15 qualifying individuals.
program is called the "Kodiak
Academy" and will be
taught by local construction professionals. According to the Job Center's
Nicola Belisle. the project is the result of a long-time
-- (Construction 1 "Its
been in ...that's our focus.")
The applications for the academy
are now available at the Kodiak
and at other participating local agencies.
-- (Construction 2 "This project is
... days a week.")
The fifteen academy participants
will be selected based on a pre-determined scoring criteria that includes the application,
a resume, a reading and math assessment, and an interview. Those who aren't
strong in the reading and math portion of the application can get help in
advance at the job center.
Belisle said that the academy will be
short in length but rigorous. The courses will be taught from eight a.m. to
eight p.m. Monday through Friday.
-- (Construction 3 "So it's a major
... its all free!")
She said that while the course
is free to the participants, the program itself is expensive to put on. For
that reason, enthusiasm and commitment will be important considerations in the
student selection process. Belisle herself is more than
enthusiastic about the academy and what it can mean for the students.
-- (Construction 4 "We're all just ... very, very
Because the final grants for the
program were just approved, the application process is going to happen quickly.
The deadline for submitting applications is March 16th. Drug testing for
applicants will be required.
construction academy course runs from March 22nd to April 16th.
Anyone 18 years old and up can apply.
Belisle said that future construction academies may be available for younger
participants and for people who work during the day.