Construction Academy Comes to Kodiak


Diana Gish/KMXT

A dream opportunity will come true for a group of future construction workers in Kodiak. Later this month a four-week intensive workshop will teach the basics of the trade to 15 qualifying individuals.

The free program is called the "Kodiak Regional Construction Academy" and will be taught by local construction professionals. According to the Job Center’s Nicola Belisle. the project is the result of a long-time collaborative effort.

(Construction 1 "Its been in …that’s our focus.")

The applications for the academy are now available at the Kodiak Job Center and at other participating local agencies.

(Construction 2 "This project is … days a week.")

The fifteen academy participants will be selected based on a pre-determined scoring criteria that includes the application, a resume, a reading and math assessment, and an interview. Those who aren’t strong in the reading and math portion of the application can get help in advance at the job center.

Belisle said that the academy will be short in length but rigorous. The courses will be taught from eight a.m. to eight p.m. Monday through Friday.

(Construction 3 "So it’s a major … its all free!")

She said that while the course is free to the participants, the program itself is expensive to put on. For that reason, enthusiasm and commitment will be important considerations in the student selection process. Belisle herself is more than enthusiastic about the academy and what it can mean for the students.

(Construction 4 "We’re all just … very, very jazzed.")

Because the final grants for the program were just approved, the application process is going to happen quickly. The deadline for submitting applications is March 16th. Drug testing for applicants will be required.

The construction academy course runs from March 22nd to April 16th. Anyone 18 years old and up can apply. Belisle said that future construction academies may be available for younger participants and for people who work during the day.

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