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September 22, 2013

SECOND CHANCE

Community Learning Center’s ‘Serve, Earn and Learn’ program offers not a handout, but a hand up

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“Those not interested in construction do have other opportunities,” Anderson said. “We have two or three that are currently lined up to take their GED testing and are attending classroom training out at Camp Holland.

“We tutor them on that and even pay for the testing.”

The program also works with the participants to get them in college courses by helping them enroll or find financial aid opportunities. Depending on the course, the program may even fund the classes.

“We have one participant that is working toward their CNA and we’re paying for that,” Anderson said.

On Thursday, six workers were on hand at Mount Pleasant, sanding walls, painting and more under the direction of David Maisel.

Mason Greenwalt, 19, who has been involved since February, is getting ready to graduate from the 6-8 month program.

“I’ve passed my [construction] certification so now I’m getting prepared to find a job,” he said.

Brandon Garza, who recently graduated while taking classes and committing to the program, said he has learned a lot about teamwork through his participation.

“I’ve learned to just focus and do my work instead of worrying about what everyone else is doing,” he said.

Another participant, Stephen Ruland, said he likes the aspect of doing two things at once.

“Not only does this help keep me out of trouble, because it keeps me busy, but we’re also getting to do something good for somebody,” he said.

“There has definitely been a work ethic improvement with these guys,” Maisel added.

The Community Learning Center is constantly looking for participants interested in applying, as well as businesses and individuals looking for workers.

To find out more, visit www.clcinc.org.

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