BMJ Stone
EZG Manufacturing
Federated Insurance
Fraco USA, Inc.
Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.
Hydro Mobile, Inc.
iQ Power Tools
Kennison Forest Products, Inc.
Mortar Net Solutions
Non-Stop Scaffolding
Pullman Ermator
Tradesmen's Software, Inc.
October 1, 2004 9:29 AM CDT

Redevelopment Brining Jobs


Angel Gandia is working toward a future where his children will play in a yard he owns.

Gandia, a 27-year-old public housing resident in Centerville, says he can see that future because of a pre-apprentice program in masonry he completed in 2002 through American Community Partnerships (ACP)...

Now an apprentice with the local masonry union, he is part of a growing effort to get city residents employed in the city's redevelopment...

Ron Green, the program director for ACP, said those who graduate from its 16-week training course are exposed to a number of different construction trades, ranging from masonry to painting to electrical.

Classes include training in basic life skills, a heavy emphasis on math, and even real-life experience on a house built and rebuilt inside a local warehouse.

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