Monday, May 28, 2018

Florida College Offers Construction Training to Inmates

In just one more way to insure that construction continues to boom in Florida, some Daytona State College students could soon be among the crews of construction workers helping to fuel the local building boom — provided they’re first released from prison.

DSC’s board of trustees last week approved creating a program that would allow inmates at Tomoka Correctional Institution to earn a Building Trades Construction and Design Technology vocational certificate. Prison officials still need to finalize the agreement, that if approved would allow DSC to host an off-campus site at the prison on 3950 Tiger Bay Road in Daytona Beach.

The marked increase in area building projects has created a demand for skilled construction workers. There’s such a need in the construction industry right now that giving these people a second chance to learn skills will give them a viable job when they are released.

Because of the high demand, construction companies might be willing to hire less experienced workers, but given their choice, employers prefer trained workers.

The students to read drawings, ... how to layout a building, beginning electricity, beginning plumbing, and beginning masonry. They will make well-rounded employees with a skill set that you just don’t get walking onto a construction site as a framer, so-to-speak.

Those extra skills also allow new hires to advance in the company faster.

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