PSC Building Trades, Painting, and Drywall Pre-Apprenticeship Program Underway

Basement project in Chicago Heights
PSC students shown here are working on a frame for a basement wall at a house in Chicago Heights. (SUPPLIED)

Chicago Heights, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Prairie State College (PSC) students are hard at work at one home in Chicago Heights. The new Building Trades, Painting, and Drywall Pre-Apprenticeship Program is underway and the students are remodeling the basement.

The pre-apprenticeship program was offered tuition free to accepted applicants and was made possible by generous grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity and JP Morgan Chase Foundation. The eight-week program is being offered in partnership with PSC and the South Suburban Community Development Corporation, with the support of Victory Apostolic Church and Christ for Everyone Ministries.

The program includes six weeks of training in the classroom and two weeks practicing the skills they learned. In the basement remodel, the students are doing all of the framing, insulation, drywall, and painting. The course also prepared them to do electrical work and plumbing repairs.

“This community effort is working together to provide remedial education, addressing barriers to employment, training in the painting, drywall, and carpentry industry, on-the-job training, entrepreneurial skills, and potential entry into union pre-apprentice training,” said Lisa Zeigler, PSC grants program project manager.

An orientation and testing day for spring session is being held at 8 a.m., Thursday, November 3, at the PSC Conference Center, located at 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. For more information on this program, contact Lisa Zeigler at (708) 709-3548 or email [email protected].