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Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford Tours New Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Baltimore City Public Schools Skills Training Program with Home Builders Institute

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today joined representatives from the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS), Baltimore City Public Schools interim Chief Academic Officer John L. Davis, Jr., and Home Builders Institute (HBI) President and CEO Ed Brady to tour a new skills training program for Baltimore City youth at Carver Vocational-Technical High School in West Baltimore. The lieutenant governor was also joined by DJS case managers, program instructors, and students in order to learn more about the program which is designed to provide training for youth under DJS supervision who have demonstrated a desire and commitment to gaining in-demand career skills and furthering their educational opportunities.

“I am very excited to see this program come to fruition after many years of advocating for this partnership between Baltimore City Public Schools and the Home Builders Institute,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “This mutually-beneficial partnership will help these students develop not just career-ready, evergreen skills in carpentry and construction, but also character development, time management, responsibility and other life skills that will serve them well beyond the classroom or job site. It will also help provide local businesses with the in-demand skilled labor that they desperately need.”

“The partnership between Baltimore City Public Schools, the Department of Juvenile Services, and Home Builders Institute has provided students with valuable classroom instruction and the skills they need for hands-on job site experience,” said City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises. “I look forward to the continuation of this partnership during the 2020-21 school year at Carver Vo-Tech as well as its expansion to other locations in the future.”

“DJS has had a long relationship with the Home Builders Institute and is very excited about its new collaboration to prepare our youth with invaluable training, which will enable them to be future leaders in the workforce,” said Juvenile Services Secretary Sam Abed. “The Department is thankful for the Lt. Governor’s involvement in this project as well as HBI, Carver Vo-Tech, Baltimore City Public Schools, and most importantly, the instructors.”

“Together we are providing these young people with hope and opportunity, because they’ll see how acquiring construction trade skills can literally change their lives,” said HBI President and CEO Ed Brady.

This new program will provide youth under DJS supervision with industry-recognized trades training focused on carpentry and aligned with HBI’s Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) curriculum. This curriculum is endorsed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the largest association representing the residential construction industry with more than 140,000 members nationwide and more than 700 state and local associations. Students will learn construction fundamentals such as safety, construction math, and tool identification and will receive carpentry trade-specific training. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a portable, industry-recognized PACT Certificate in Carpentry.

Additionally, students will be exposed to industry engagement opportunities such as guest speakers and field trips to learn more about potential career opportunities and experience real-world application of their training. All instructors, tools, and equipment have been provided by HBI at no cost to DJS or Baltimore City Schools.

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