This summer, 10 Atlantic City residents between the ages of 18 and 24 will have the opportunity to earn official building certifications and credentials through an education program sponsored by the Michaels organization.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, in conjunction with the Michaels Organization, announced details of the program on Wednesday designed to provide knowledge and training in all aspects of building construction, including carpentry, electrical , plumbing, HVAC and roofing.
“Today is the day these young people in Atlantic City begin a new chapter in their lives, and it is indeed a proud day for them and their families,” Small said. “This program offers a life-changing opportunity to develop both the hard and soft skills needed to build a career in the construction trades. And I couldn’t think of a company better equipped to guide these students on their path than the Michaels Organization.
Young people will also graduate from the program with certifications in OSHA-10, fall prevention, forklift safety, CPR, small hand tools and signage, a company spokesperson said.
“After 12 weeks they will be put to work on this and other projects,” Small said.
Community leaders and neighborhood residents from Buzby Homes, the affordable housing community being redeveloped by Michaels in partnership with the Atlantic City Housing Authority, were also in attendance. The Buzby Homes redevelopment site will be the setting for much of the teaching and hands-on experience provided to students in the 12-week program.
“The Atlantic City community is brimming with so much untapped talent, and it will be an honor to witness first-hand the journey of these students over the next 12 weeks,” said Nick Cangelosi, vice president of development at Michaels. Organization. “The Michaels organization has big plans for them and will connect them with mentors from all sectors of construction who can help them explore the trades they want to pursue. We are so excited to start.
This isn’t the first time Michaels has involved young people in his development projects. Michaels also invited members of Camden’s YouthBuild program to participate in the redevelopment of the Branch Village affordable housing community. There, Camden students and recent graduates came to Branch Village in their spare time to observe and learn from the workers.