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Los Angeles Job Corps

Students To Help Build New Urban Campus

As work on the new Los Angeles Job Corps Urban Campus moves into the next phase of construction, students in the Homebuilders Institute (HBI) career technical training area are updating their resumes and polishing their interviewing skills to prepare for the available apprenticeship positions offered through the contractor (PCL Construction Services, Inc.) and subcontractors for the project.

"I'm very excited about the possible opportunity to work on the new building," said Los Angeles HBI student Angel Chachill. "My particular area of expertise is drywall installation, and I’m hoping a job working on the Urban Campus will help take my skills to the next level and give me the extra experience I need to get a full-time career after Job Corps."

The construction of the new Los Angeles Job Corps Urban Campus is expected to generate more than 900 jobs, including 60 positions dedicated for Job Corps students. Los Angeles students hired by the contractor and subcontractors will receive hands-on training in various construction trades, such as bricklaying and plumbing, and electrical and tile work. They will learn how to troubleshoot and face real challenges that take place on a construction site every day.

"The purpose of the program is not only to give students a job and some extra training," said PCL Construction Project Manager David Blankmeyer. "We want to prepare them for long-term careers; they are the future of the construction industry."

The Los Angeles Job Corps Urban Campus is expected to open in November 2011 and is currently one of the few new construction projects under way in the downtown Los Angeles area.