|Big-Name Home Builders Going 'Back To School'|
|Key Words||On-the-job-training, mentoring|
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Driven by fears of a labor shortage, big-name construction companies in Southwest Florida are sponsoring after-school clubs to teach students construction skills. They hope the clubs get kids interested in construction careers, which will pay them $30,000 a year right out of high school. The program makes the point that vocational programs are not just for low achievers and that four-year colleges may not be for everyone. School districts and builders have started 25 clubs across the state. The club is modeled after similar programs for students who are interested in farming or business and gives professionals the chance to work with and mentor kids who have an interest in the industry. The programs are giving kids direct connections to mentoring and training opportunities and job openings in the industry.
|Source||"Big-Name Home Builders Going 'Back To School'," Sarasota Herald Tribune, Jan.6, 2005, p.A1.|
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