CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Southern Appalachian Labor School is recruiting young adults between the ages of 17 and 24 who have dropped out of school to work for its YouthBuild Academy.
Students can complete their GED degrees while they build and repair houses in Fayette County.
Project Director Kathryn South said students' construction skills will be certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research, an industry trade organization.
Young people in the program will also earn stipends, while completing their GED degrees and learning how to build homes.
"When our young people are learning these skills, they can go out there and make the same money these contractors are making. They can also apply to colleges to get a degree in construction," South said. "There are quite a few benefits in the YouthBuild program."
The program, which already has 25 students, hopes to recruit between 25 and 30 more students for this fall's program in the near future.
Students can also become eligible for AmeriCorps Educational Awards to help pay for further education and training.
South said a lot of other programs "charge a lot of money to help people learn some of these skills, like plumbing and framing.
John David, a founder of SALS, said YouthBuild works in low-income communities in towns throughout Fayette County, including Ansted, Gauley Bridge, Oak Hill, Meadow Bridge and Montgomery.