Mickens says he decided to follow the lead of his older brother and enroll in Job Corps when he began to “lose focus” while attending high school in Philadelphia last year. He chose the carpentry trade because he “likes working with his hands” and completed a paid internship with a Hazleton builder in framing homes on two- and three-man crews.
Mickens was hired by Bentley Homes of West Chester, PA, a general contractor of high-end homes in the King of Prussia area that first learned about HBI’s Job Corps graduates at HBI’s Skills Exhibit booth during last year’s International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas. Mickens also used his scholarship to buy a car to get him to his new job.
The partnership between HBI and Lowe’s and the Building Careers Scholarship will be part of the Lowe’s exhibit at the upcoming IBS in Orlando, FL. Lowe’s has also donated all of the materials to build the HBI Skills Exhibit at the 2005 show, where HBI students will showcase their training in the trades.
HBI, the workforce development arm of NAHB, is celebrating 30 years as a training contractor for the Department of Labor’s Job Corps, placing more than 2,000 graduates in industry jobs annually. The nation’s oldest and largest residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, Job Corps provides hands-on training in the trades, basic academic instruction and employability skills.
For more information about HBI and its various training programs, including Job Corps, e-mail Maria McIntyre, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8912.