Lowe’s and Home Builders Institute Help Job Corps Graduates Begin Industry Careers
Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation and Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of NAHB, is announcing this week that the “HBI Lowe’s Building Careers Scholarship Fund” has been established to help Job Corps graduates in financial need make the transition from training to the work site.
“We are delighted with Lowe’s generous contribution of $50,000 to initiate the scholarship fund,” said HBI Chairman James A. Sattler, a custom builder from Cedar Rapids, IA. “This financial commitment by a member of NAHB illustrates the significance of the Job Corps program to our industry and reinforces our dedication to help our nation’s most at-risk students become successful members of the construction workforce.”
HBI is celebrating 30 years as a training contractor for the Department of Labor’s Job Corps program. Offering training in carpentry, electrical wiring, brick masonry, landscaping, facilities maintenance, painting and plumbing, HBI places more than 2,000 program graduates in industry jobs annually.
The fund will be used to help HBI trainees get started in their careers in the industry by providing financial assistance for such job-related needs as clothing, equipment and transportation.
“Lowe’s sense of corporate responsibility made the creation of the fund with HBI an obvious collaboration,” said Mike Horn, Lowe’s vice president for commercial sales. “Through this partnership, Lowe’s is making an investment in the building industry’s future while making a difference in a young person’s life.”