Building a Better Life Video

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This newest program in Dropping Back In looks at successful apprentice and training-based programs which prepare undereducated and unemployed people for available jobs by teaching marketable skills:

This episode looks at successful apprentice and training-based programs that are preparing undereducated and underemployed people for available jobs by teaching marketable skills. The expanded segments in this program are:

Café Hope is a program for young people training them for entry-level jobs in the New Orleans restaurant industry. The youth in this program are both undereducated and underemployed. Students receive intensive training in the restaurant industry—from cutting up and making use of a whole pig to point-of-sale where they serve the customer. The three-month program includes instruction in life skills, basic reading, and arithmetic. About 70 percent of Café Hope apprentices who complete the program find restaurant industry employment.

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia provides at-risk, underserved youth in the Washington DC area with hands-on work-development training through boat building. Mentors work alongside the apprentices, using carpentry and construction to teach mathematics and their life experience to guide students in how to live fulfilling, productive lives.

It was a serendipitous meeting between a manufacturer that needed skilled labor for a growing niche industry and a nonprofit education and employment agency serving people who have been unemployed for a long time, some of them homeless, some with no retirement. The Makers Coalition of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota was the result of that meeting and resulted in a training program at Dunwoody College of Technology for jobs in specialized sewing and production. The course places 90 percent of its graduates in the local hand-sewn garment industry.

Appearing in Building a Better Life:

  • Chance Doyle, GED graduate, program director, Café Hope, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • James Hooten, GED graduate, graduate of the YouthBuild program, Louisville, KY (YouthBuild is a national program with several hundred locations across the nation), and owner of Hooten Home Services, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Mona Wuertz, graduate, Sewing and Production Specialist Course, Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Deb Shepard, president, Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, South Dakota
  • Jen Guarino, CEO, J.W. Hulme, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Russell Rumberger, professor of education, University of California Santa Barbara and author of Dropping Out: Why Students Drop Out of High School and What Can Be Done About It
  • Ronald Ferguson, professor in the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University and co-director of Harvard's Achievement Gap Initiative
  • Byron Finnidy, graduate, Café Hope, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Brianti Sumler, graduate, Café Hope, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Luis Arocha, executive director, Café Hope, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Kevon Joyce, graduate, Café Hope, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tyron Depron, graduate, Café Hope, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Michael Acosta, graduate, Café Hope, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Joel Brown, sous chef, Café Hope, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Joey LaBella, executive chef, New Orleans Steamboat Company, Steamboat Natchez, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Kavitha Cardoza, special correspondent, WAMU, American University Radio, Washington, D.C., who researched and created an award-winning series on dropouts in the Washington area
  • Lynn Rippy, executive director, YouthBuild Louisville, Kentucky
  • Joe Youcha, co-founder, Alexandria Seaport Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Juan Carlos Henriquez, apprentice, Alexandria Seaport Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia
  • A.J. Bawazir, graduate, Alexandria Seaport Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Jay Creech, volunteer, Alexandria Seaport Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Steve Hernandez, director, Apprentice Program, Alexandria Seaport Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Samuel Weeks, apprentice, Alexandria Seaport Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Tatjjana Hutnyak, director of Business Development, Lifetrack Resources, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Larry Corbesia, graduate, Sewing and Production Specialist Course, Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mike Miller, CEO, Airtex Design Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Debra Kerrigan, dean of Workforce Training and Continuing Education, Dunwoody College of Technology

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