Are you in need of attainable housing? Do you want to develop skills in a hands-on environment to kick-start your career in skilled trades? Our Housing Workx! Program is here to help!

The Housing Workx! Program addresses the need for attainable housing and workforce development in Allegan County. Through this program, CAAC will connect learners to career opportunities in building trades and construction (one of the fastest growing industries in Michigan) to produce healthy attainable housing in Allegan County. Students will be building energy efficient homes or remodeling existing homes to make them more livable.

Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (PACT) opportunities will be available in eight skilled trades:

  • Weatherization
  • Carpentry
  • Maintenance
  • Plumbing
  • Masonry
  • Electrical
  • Landscaping
  • Painting

By receiving this training, students have the mobility to utilize their certificate in the area of construction that most interests them. Graduates from this licensed program will receive an industry-recognized and portable pre-apprenticeship credential. This credential is accepted by the Department of Labor and allows for entry-level employment as a Construction Laborer. Through partnerships with the local home building industry and Michigan Works!, CAAC will provide opportunities for graduates to find gainful employment and support services.

Housing Workx! graduates will have the opportunity to earn up to $15.80/hour upon program completion and will be well positioned for a career in a growing industry in need for skilled talent. According to Michigan Works!, nearly all roles in construction will increase by more than 5% through 2022. Michigan lost 48% of its skilled trades workforce over the last decade, which means roughly 60,000 workers left the industry without a replacement. With this many roles left unfilled, there are numerous opportunities for entry-level and skilled individuals who are interested in the construction workforce.

For more information on Housing Workx!, please fill out the interest form below.

Housing Works!

Kick start your career in skilled trades with hands-on training!

NOW ENROLLING for Construction Basics!

Classes run Sep 21 - Dec 14

Tuesdays and Thursdays

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Course includes direct instruction, online learning, and all tools and materials needed for hands-on training.

Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) - Receive Department of Labor recognized certified training developed by the Home Builders Institute (HBI)

Earn Multiple Certifications - Construction CORE, Carpentry, OSHA 10 Construction

Full Scholarships Available - Cost is $650. Scholarships may be available for individuals with a need for assistance. 

To sign up or learn more, visit communityactionallegan.org or call us at 269-673-5472 ext. 228

Housing Works!

Construction Basics

Deadline to sign up is September 19

Class is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Open training center hours on Wednesdays for internet access and workspace
*Subject to change. If alternate hours are needed, consult your instructor.

Training Location: 245 Court Street, Otsego, MI 49078

Course Week and Dates

Thursday, Sep 21 Orientation, introductions, and OSHA 10 Construction Sign-up
Week 1 – Sep 26 & 28 Core Base Knowledge Evaluations
Week 2 – Oct 3 & 5 Unit 1: Building Trades Safety and First Aid
Week 3 – Oct 10 & 12 Unit 2: Construction Math
Week 4 – Oct 17 & 19 Unit 3: Tools and Construction Materials
Week 5 – Oct 24 & 26 Unit 4: Employability
Week 6 – Nov 2 Unit 6: Carpentry
Week 7 – Nov 7 & 9 Unit 6: Carpentry Continued
Week 8 – Nov 14 & 16 Unit 6: Carpentry Continued
Week 9 – Nov 21 Unit 6: Carpentry Continued
Week 10 – Nov 28 & 30 Unit 6: Carpentry Continued
Week 11 – Dec 5 & 7 Unit 6: Carpentry Continued
Week 12 – Dec 12 & 14 Final Test Outs/Awarding Certificates

For additional information regarding this training, visit communityactionallegan.org, or call us at 269-673-5472 ext. 228.

Program Interest Form

Scroll to top