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Grant helps marginalized workers in Flint learn valuable trade skills

Grant helps marginalized workers in Flint learn valuable trade skills. ( Photo: Courtney Wheaton)

FLINT, MICH-- Leon El-Alamin is the founder of the M.A.D.E Institute that aims to help former prisoners, veterans and other disenfranchised demographics looking to turn their lives around.

His latest venture is the EPIK Skilled trade program. Right now there are about twenty students enrolled in the program. Those enrolled will get certified in six different trades in just six weeks including lead abatement.

"Construction is a very felon friendly field and this will give them they skills they need to secure employment. I hope they will be looked at for work opportunities right here in the city," said El-Alamin.

The program was made possible with a $85,000 grant from the state. Training is done by members of the Detroit Training Center and State Workforce Department. It's too late to sign up for this class but another

one should be starting in the near future. If you would like to learn more about the programs offered click here.

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