During September 2010, San Diego Job Corps partnered with the San Diego Housing Commission for Sherwin Williams Company’s ‘Home-Work’ Painting Training Course. Nine Job Corps students enrolled in the center’s Career Technical Training Painting program, teamed up with seventeen people who received training through San Diego Housing Commission’s Workforce and Economic Development Department.
The Home-Work program, a partnership between Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Sherwin Williams, the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) and Job Corps trains low-income people for jobs in the painting industry. The five day training included an EPA Lead Paint Certificate – a mandatory certificate for all contractors painting homes built before 1977; in addition, to technical and on-site training. More than six Job Corps training rooms, restrooms and hallways were completed during the course, completing over 4,000 square feet. Supplies valued at $10,000 were provided to students at no cost.
Amanda, a recent widow looking to re-enter the work world, and a trainee of SDHC, was positive about her experience. “This training has provided me with the skills to provide for my family…I’m ready to start working”.
Job Corps Painting instructor, Ralph Kitchell agreed with Amanda’s assessment. “It was a good opportunity for both groups to be mentored by skilled professionals, while working together on a common goal. I was impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of the Housing Commission trainees. They worked hard and were dedicated throughout the entire week at our center.”