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Job training grads embark on careers


PVJOBS hosted a special graduation ceremony recently to celebrate 18 at-risk individuals for completing their pre-apprenticeship training programs

Each of the graduates completed one of two pre-apprenticeship training programs offered by PVJOBS: Construction 101, a construction skills training course; and Hospitality 101, a retail industry fundamentals course. Both pre-apprenticeship training programs prepare participants for successfully establishing careers in these in-demand industries.

“We’re excited to host our first graduation ceremony of the new year because these events epitomize our mission of helping at-risk individuals transform their lives by pursuing a career pathway that leads to economic self-sufficiency,” said PVJOBS Executive Director Mary Taylor. “We’re proud of the hard work of our graduates, and we look forward to hearing their success stories as they begin their career journey.”

The event also graduated the first cohort from the PVJOBS YouthBuild Program, which provides low-income youth with educational assistance and work skills training to prepare them for wage paying jobs. Three other programs that the graduates represented were: Hatch Young Adults, which offers job training to young adults formerly involved with the juvenile or adult justice system; PVJOBS CORE that provides intervention services to individuals with a history of involvement in the justice system; and LIGHT 2.0 that extends supportive services to those from underserved communities.

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