AYE YouthBuild Participant Thrives in L.A. Technology Center’s Construction Program, Newly Hired by Habitat for Humanity

Construction teacher Sharell Matthews and Luis at L.A. Tech

After trying another training program last year and not finding it a good fit, and working at a part-time job with no career path at a party supply store, Luis came to L.A. Technology Center to check out Sharell Matthews’ construction class after his parents told him about the small (but mighty!) neighborhood adult school.

Luis’ timing was excellent, because not long after joining the construction class, he was invited to join the just-starting YouthBuild program at LATC. This program, a partnership between DACE, The L.A. Archdiocesan Youth Employment (AYE) Program, YouthBuild, and Habitat for Humanity, led to a great full-time job!  As a construction worker for Habitat for Humanity, Luis’ new job comes with full benefits including medical/dental/vision insurance, paid vacations and sick days, and a 401(k) program.

“YouthBuild is a really good program. They help you finish high school or get your HiSET (high school equivalency) if you need it, help you get paid work experience, and pay for your construction classes and all the supplies you need and Ms. Matthews’ class is awesome!  You learn a lot from Ms. Matthews. She has a LOT of knowledge. She lets you focus on a particular trade or job that you’re interested in, after being exposed to many… It’s great to see a woman teaching construction! It actually inspired me to work harder.”

Ms. Matthews added, “Luis Tellez has been an excellent student.  He always arrives to class early, asks lots of questions and tries to do his best at whatever job he is given.  At Habitat for Humanity he stood out; whether it was digging ditches or installing base moulding or framing. Habitat has one of our best and I am extremely proud of his accomplishments.  He plans on attending school on his off days to complete Construction Worker 3. Because of his dedication and love of learning; I believe he will receive that certificate as well.”

The LATC community is extremely proud of Luis and happy to have played a part in his success.

Article by Michelle Cohen- LATC Academic Pathway Advisor

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