A planned program, yet to take effect due to funding, the goal of the vocational training program is to introduce young people to the basic principles of apprenticeship programs. The program includes a right-of-passage element for participants in the 11-13 age group and the 14 and up age group. The program currently focuses on drop outs and ex-offenders and assists in becoming a productive citizen. The program involves a combination of classroom and on the job training. The curriculum is designed to cover job preparation and life management strategies. Elder Connection is also a sector in the vocational training program. This program pairs senior citizens and retirees with young adults to learn a trade. Participants that are not attending classes during the day, meet six hours per day four days a week. Participants attending day classes, meet from 3:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. twice a week during the week, and two Saturdays a month for six hours. At least three times a year participants are invited to a retreat or special activity that takes them outside the classroom and job site. Upon completion of the program, the participants will receive a certificate or license in the trade they chose to participate in. This program will be located in the Hope Building in the near future.
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