Community support aids in workforce development
January 08, 2009
A 30,000 square foot building owned by Vinylplex in Pittsburg, KS has become a new facility for Fort Scott Community College's expanded construction trades program with masonry classes held there in spring 2009. Built two years ago and never used, the large warehouse will be used for lab and classroom space. Bill Coleman, president of Vinylplex, offered free use of the building as long as it was not needed for his company. The construction trades program began last fall after obtaining a workforce development grant of nearly $2 million from the Department of Labor. Classes initially were held in Bourbon and Crawford County schools; the bulk of the program will continue to be offered in Bourbon County facilities including expansion this spring into Uniontown. Space in the new building will also be used to open trades classes to all area high schools.

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