RUPCO gets $1M grant for youth job training | Local news
KINGSTON, N.Y. — Affordable housing agency RUPCO will share an $89 million pot of federal employment and training grants aimed at helping people ages 16 to 24 get jobs in construction and other in-demand industries.
RUPCO will receive $1 million in YouthBuild grants to support a pre-apprenticeship model to help young people learn valuable occupational skills, according to a U.S. Department of Labor press release.
Eligible youths are those who are not already employed or enrolled in school. Participants will split their time between workplace training and the classroom, where they earn their high school diploma or equivalency degree and prepare for postsecondary opportunities.
In total, 68 grants — ranging from $700,000 to $1.5 million each — were awarded to organizations that deliver training and employment in several in-demand industries, including construction, where youths put their classroom learning to use in building or rehabilitating affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their neighborhoods; as well as health care, information technology, manufacturing and logistics, culinary arts, and hospitality.
RUPCO is one of only four organizations in New York state and the only organization in the Mid-Hudson Valley to receive a YouthBuild grant.