Construction Skills Training Center Opens in Kansas City, Kansas

Thu March 31, 2011 - Midwest Edition

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) A construction training program that provides GED preparation has a new facility in Kansas City, Kan.

The Chester Owens Jr. Construction Skills Training Center houses a U.S. Department of Labor-run program called YouthBuild. It targets unemployed, undereducated, low-income young people ages 16 to 24.

The Kansas City Star reported that participants are guided through 440 hours of construction training and hands-on experience. They also go through 800 hours of GED preparation and complete community service projects and leadership and career development activities.

Participants also can earn National Center for Construction and Education Research Certification. It’s equivalent to a first-year apprenticeship program.

The building is named after a community leader in Kansas City, Kan.