SANFORD, N.C. - For some youth, separating from high school before graduation signals an end to their educational journey. For those entering YouthBuild, their journey is just igniting.
Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) has been awarded a $1,499,996 grant from the Department of Labor to assist individuals ages 16-24 over the next three years.
Those eligible for the program must reside in the Central Carolina area, have separated from high school prior to graduation, and be interested in earning their high school equivalency (HSE) while pursuing a career in a high-demand field.
YouthBuild participants work concurrently to complete their HSE and earn an industry-recognized credential in construction, culinary, or nursing. While enrolled in the program, participants benefit from a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, seeing the immediate results of hard work by participating in constructing low-income housing within their own community.
Along with HSE and career pathway instruction, participants are eligible for numerous support services including advising, leadership training, funding for transportation and child care, stipends, and one year of follow-up support after being connected to either a college program or immediate gainful employment.
James Thomas, YouthBuild Director at Central Carolina Community College, said, "We could not be more excited about this opportunity to extend the Central Carolina YouthBuild program through a third grant cycle. The participants we serve are full of potential! It has been a great gift to watch them progress through the program and to see their accomplishments! This third grant ensures we will be able to watch more youth do the same!"
After graduating from YouthBuild, students will be eligible for careers with well-paying jobs. Also, individuals will be equipped with leadership and life skills to effectively face future barriers.
If you know an individual who may benefit from the opportunities of YouthBuild, please contact James Thomas, YouthBuild Director, at 919-777-7705 or visit www.cccc.edu/youthbuild.
To learn more about Central Carolina Community College and its programs, visit www.cccc.edu.
Members of the YouthBuild staff at Central Carolina Community College are pictured, left to right: James Thomas (Director), Cameron McNeill, Brianna Clark, and Lauren Pickens. To learn more about the YouthBuild program at CCCC, visit www.cccc.edu/youthbuild.