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Two Helena non-profits team up to help students

Posted: 10:16 PM, Aug 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-30 00:16:52-04

SINCE 1983, the Career Training Institute (C.T.I.) has worked diligently in helping Helena High School Students achieve what may have been the impossible — Since 1983, the Career Training Institute (C.T.I.) has worked diligently in helping Helena High School Students achieve what may have been the impossible, and thanks to Habitat for Humanity they teach students well beyond the classroom.

Helena’s non-profit organization, C.T.I has a unique partnership with Habitat for Humanity, giving students a second chance in achieving their high school equivalency diploma.

The “Youth Build” program is specifically designed to helped students ages 16-24, learn and develop necessary carpentry skill sets.

C.T.I is for students who have experienced academic hardship and have dropped out of high school. Students work with faculty and other volunteers in assisting Habitat for Humanity in building affordable housing for families in the Helena Valley.

Lisa Newman, Career Training Institute Program Manager, said, “We are teaching them life skills, even (if you think about it), even if they're learning how to properly use tools, they are going to be more independent on their own as they go through life and adulthood. They are going to be learning about how to fix things, how to do basic carpentry so the whole idea of building a house, is like metaphor for them building their lives and improving themselves so they can have good marketable skills and get good jobs in the future.”

C.T.I.’s class of 2019 will be graduating on Thurs, Sept. 26.

For more information on how to get your child or someone you know involved in the “Youth Build Program,” please visit: http://www.ctibrc.org/