Building futures in Pewaukee
Full-time program helps enrollees get GED, paid hands-on experience

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

Oct. 23, 2015

Former Building Future enrollees work on a home provided by Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County. Pictured from left to right are: Thomas Hair, Joshua Wendt, Torrian Howard-Terry and Stephanie Grunert.
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PEWAUKEE - Area residents who dropped out of high school will be given a second chance to get their diplomas while also learning skills that will help them get a better job.

The Building Futures program will again be offered thanks to funding the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board received. Individuals aged 18 to 24 without a high school degree are encouraged to enroll.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer the Building Futures program again. There are several young adults in the community who have dropped out of high school for various reasons and are struggling to obtain employment and the critical life skills needed to be successful. We have seen first-hand the life-changing impact this program makes on young adults and the positive benefits it brings to the community,” said Laura Catherman, vice president of WOW Workforce Development Board, via email.

A graduation ceremony was previously held for Building Futures enrollees. Pictured from left to right area: top row, Daniel Vela, Jimmy Bates, Sonteria Hutcherson and Patricia Clinton; and bottom row, Enrique Avina, Tessa Fabisiak, Eric Mishefske and Felicia Beaster.
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In addition to getting a GED through the full-time program, participants will gain hands-on training and work experience in the construction trades.

The Building Futures program will run from January to June next year at the Workforce Development Center in Pewaukee. During six months, participants will learn carpentry and construction skills. They can also earn an employer-recognized certificate and receive a monthly stipend or paycheck. In addition, participants will receive job search and employment assistance.

There are 18 spots are available in the Building Futures program.

“Building Futures offers these young adults a second chance but also gives us the opportunity to shape our future workforce through education, real-life work experience in construction that can lead to other opportunities,” said Cindy Simons, operations manager for WOW Workforce Development Board, via email.

To enroll in Building Futures, contact Doniesha at 262-695-7852 or email her at by Nov. 20.