Washington, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Congressman Bruce Poliquin toured HBI’s Carpentry Program at the Penobscot Job Corps Center (PJCC) in Maine. As part of the National Association of Home Builders “Bringing Housing Home” effort, Congressman Poliquin visited the facility in Bangor, where he has worked to protect and create jobs, and support educational opportunities for youth. NAHB and HBI are using this opportunity to raise awareness about housing issues.
“The labor shortage in the housing industry is a major issue. HBI is working to fill the gap by training thousands of individuals each year in the building industry and preparing them for careers in the industry. Upon graduation, our students are trained and ready for success,” said HBI Trustee Ashley Richards. “We are happy to have the opportunity to showcase our training and facility at the Bangor Job Corps Center,” he said.
Congressman Poliquin learned more about the carpentry students at the center and their plans to begin work in the homebuilding industry during his visit Friday.
“I was quite impressed to see the students’ engagement and focus on learning their trade. The students have a tremendous opportunity to change their lives and positively impact the industry. This program is important not only for the students, but also for the entire community,” said Congressman Poliquin.
Approximately 12 students are currently participating in HBI’s Carpentry program at the PJCC.
Job Corps is the nation’s largest residential education and vocational training program for economically disadvantaged youth. HBI is the largest National Training Contractor for the Department of Labor in the Job Corps program.
HBI is a national nonprofit that provides training, mentoring, curriculum development and job placement services in support of the building industry. With an 80 percent job placement rate for graduates, HBI training programs are taught in local communities across the country to youth, adults, veterans, ex-offenders and displaced workers. Visit www.hbi.org for more information.