Building Construction Students at Edison Job Corps Learn and Lend a Hand

MTC’s Edison Job Corps Center in New Jersey offers students a choice of more than a dozen technical trades including building construction technology, which is a pre-apprenticeship program.

In addition to hands-on training at the center, students also participate in projects throughout the area to give them real-life experiences. Students recently teamed up with Epic Construction to build a health and wellness clinic.

“It is a good experience to be able to apply the skills I am learning in carpentry to an actual job site and be treated as a pre-apprentice carpenter,” says student Joel Corbo.

The clinic is part of Camp Kiddie Keep Well, a camp that has served underprivileged youth in the region since 1924. Children receive medical and dental exams as well as proper nutrition and dental hygiene education at no charge. The camp also provides several activities including swimming, arts and crafts, music, games, and drama.

“It feels good to give back,” adds student Oscar Reyes, “and build this wellness clinic alongside union carpenters. I am learning new things and utilizing my skills for the good of the community.”

The construction manager was pleased with the quality of work provided by Edison Job Corps students and their desire to do a good job. He said this about Oscar’s work ethic.

“He’s demonstrating leadership. It’s like he knows the next step without me telling him what to do—I like that.”