The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is partnering with Melwood to leverage the untapped potential and talent of people with differing abilities – creating opportunities for them to have meaningful employment, and helping to build a more inclusive workforce in the trade industry where demand for workers is high. Melwood’s Building Paths is a program designed to prepare people with differing abilities to enter the construction and skilled trades field after completing a 14-week program offered both online and in-person at CSM’s Hughesville Campus at the Center for Trades and Energy Training. This year, Melwood enrolled its third cohort into CSM’s Construction Core Lab classes where students learned construction trade application skills and received construction pre-apprenticeship credentialing. “We have partnered with the College of Southern Maryland to open up a new career field for people with disabilities, and to be able to teach labor unions, employees and employers on how people with disabilities can be included and to show [those employers] the incredible job that they can do,” shared Melwood President and CEO Larysa Kautz. “We are thrilled to work with Melwood participants in this Building Path because this is exactly what CSM is here to do in our communities,” […]
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