AmeriCorps NCCC to Help Create New Workspace for Vocational Training

ALLEGAN, Mich.- AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team served with Community Action of Allegan County (CAAC) and Michigan Career Technical Institute (MCTI) from July 15 to Aug. 24. The team helped with renovations of dorm room spaces as well as improvements to other buildings.

The AmeriCorps NCCC team of nine from the North Central Region campus in Vinton, Iowa painted 180 double-suite dorm rooms on the MCTI campus and cleared and built work spaces inside the Allegan County United Way building on Grand Street in Allegan so it can be used as a new instructional space.

Through a partnership with Allegan County United Way, the new space will allow MCTI and Community Action of Allegan County to provide construction trades certification and other workforce development training to the local community through the Dual Community Development Program (DCDP). The program addresses the need for affordable housing and workforce development in Allegan County by providing Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (PACT), a Department of Labor accepted credential that allows for entry-level employment as a Construction Laborer. As students complete their training, they will assist in the construction of affordable homes for low-income residents.

In order to complete the construction repairs, AmeriCorps NCCC members are getting a first hand look at the DCDP by working toward their own PACT certification. “Working toward the PACT certification while working with amazing organizations like Community Action of Allegan County and Michigan Career and Technical Institute is an opportunity that will open many doors for me in the future. PACT is a versatile and professional certification,” said Riley Andrews, a NCCC member about the training received.

Through their service, AmeriCorps NCCC members are providing opportunities for community members in Allegan with limited transportation or nontraditional schedules to be able to have easier access to vocational training programs.

“I’m excited to work on a construction project because I have yet to have a service project in this area,” says AmeriCorps NCCC member Brittney. “I want to learn how to build things and I think working with MCTI will help a lot in the learning process.”

Community Action of Allegan County will serve, advocate, and engage individuals, families and communities to overcome the effects of poverty and encourage self-reliance. The Michigan Career and Technical Institute conducts vocational and technical training programs and provides the support services needed to prepare Michigan citizens with disabilities for competitive employment.

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AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps unit engages up to 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development; FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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