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Officials from the Indiana Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship (OWBLA) have formally recognized the Joshua Works Initiative Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program in construction trades as a certified State Earn and Learn (SEAL) program.

The ceremony was held on March 23 at McMillen Park Community Center in Fort Wayne.

The Joshua Works initiative was created by Joshua’s Hand Inc., a Fort Wayne community not-for-profit committed to empowering individuals, families, and businesses to transcend hardships and create positive opportunities though socioeconomic programming and initiatives. The Joshua Works SEAL program aims to recruit and train underserved populations to build careers and meet employer needs in the construction industry. The program is also focused on developing employer partnerships with minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses.

Participants in the 10-week Joshua Works SEAL will receive employability skills training, construction math and blueprint reading, three industry-valued credentials, and opportunities for work-based-learning (internships) and employment in the construction trades industry. SEAL program graduates will have opportunities to continue employment, enter a USDOL Registered Apprenticeship Program, and/or attend Indiana Tech to pursue a certificate in construction management.

For more information about the Joshua Works SEAL or SEALs in general, visit the OWBLA website at www.INwbl.com or email the Indiana Department of Workforce Development Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship at wbl@dwd.in.gov