Date:March 16, 2007
Contact:Ed Pratt @ (225) 342-3035

Free maintenance job training class offered

BATON ROUGE – Applications are being accepted for a free facilities maintenance class in which graduates are virtually guaranteed a job.

The Home Builders Institute’s nine-week course begins March 26. Participants will be trained to handle maintenance work in apartment and office buildings, schools, hotels, chemical plants and other facilities. Classes will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 2610 East Perdue.

All books, supplies, uniforms and lunch will be provided. Each student will receive a set of tools upon completion of the course.

Students who successfully complete the class will have some background in the following positions: remodeling contractor; rehabilitation contractor; maintenance superintendent; punch-out mechanic; building engineer; maintenance technician; maintenance helper; and groundskeeper.

“If a student successfully completes the course, there is a 99.9 percent chance they will be hired. The demand is so great,” said David B. Grier, Executive Director with MINACT, INC., which administers the classes.

MINACT, INC., a national vocational education training and career development company, operates the program through a U.S. Department of Labor National Emergency Grant awarded to the Louisiana Department of Labor after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. To apply, contact LaQuinta Plummer with MINACT at (225) 383-3404 on weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The program is co-sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders and the Home Builders Institute.

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