Young adults get building lessons in Neosho, Mo. - KOAM TV 7

Young adults get building lessons in Neosho, Mo.


Crowder College offers young adults the chance to learn construction skills at a camp, while getting paid.

The camps goal was to teach students skills that they can use for the rest of their lives, while having fun.

From painting, to nailing in the finishing touches, these students built a cabin, from the ground up.  

"I've had multiple jobs like different experiences, waitressing, cooking, stuff like that, but when she said it was a construction camp I thought 'wow, I've never done something like that and that sounds interesting,'" says student Katelynn Shourds.

Shourds was one of 14 students attending the Workforce Investment Board's Voice Youth program, where students learn and earn from skills they can use throughout their lives.

"It's a complete building from plumbing, electrical, roofing, siding, flooring, you name it, everything aspect of this building, they've been putting it together," says Bubba Evansco, the Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator for Workforce Investment Board.

Students were paid $8.50 an hour 250 hours worked and also received about $800 worth of free tools at the end of the project.

"A lot of those skills are life skills that they'll carry over or whatever at some point in time," says Ken Rhuems, Associate Vice President for Career Tech Education.

While Shourds doesn't plan working in the construction industry, she says the skill's she learned at the camp will one day be beneficial.

"We got a great experience that I don't think I would've gotten anywhere else and especially you couldn't go out to a construction site and start a job with no experience because they wouldn't put you on any of their sites," Shourds says.

Students attending also got the chance to earn their Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 hour certification and the National Center for Construction Education and Research Certification and three college hour credits.

The cabin will be auctioned off at the college's Wreath Sale in October and proceeds will go towards scholarships for the students.

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