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Training partnership links low-income residents with jobs in the building trades

Dominique Jackson was one of 13 people who recently graduated from Building Futures, a 12-week pre-apprenticeship program started in late 2017 by Franklin County, the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council and the Columbus Urban League. The county has invested close to $1 million in the program as part of its efforts to combat poverty. Graduates have landed jobs paying an average of about $17 an hour to start, with some earning upwards of $27 an hour.

Sparks flew as Dominique Jackson cut through lengths of rebar to be used in the foundation of the new Linden Community Center.

The 55,000-square-foot facility is set to open late next year, taking the place of the former building at Linden Park.

Jackson, who lives nearby, is working on his career foundation, too, thanks to a Franklin County program that provides initial training for jobs in the construction here to read more.

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