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RED LAKE RECEIVES YOUTHBUILD GRANT
CONGRESSMAN PETERSON NOTIFIES TRIBE OF
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR GRANT
By Michael Meuers
Congressman Collin Peterson was pleased to deliver news from the Department
of Labor that Red Lake had received a YouthBuild Grant of $1,008,000 on
Tuesday March 1, 2011. Peterson was able to deliver the news personally to Red
Lake Tribal Secretary Donald Cook and Ponemah Representative Glenda Martin
in person who were in Washington, D.C. on tribal business.
According to grant details, the project will partner with Red Lake programs, New
Beginnings, Housing Authority, Housing Finance, Tribal Employment Rights
Ordinance Office, Chemical Health, Nor-Son, Red Lake Schools Adult Learning
Center, Red Lake Nation College, Red Lake Public Safety, Courts, Northwest
Technical College, YouthBuild USA, and Red Lake AmeriCorps.
The project will assist participants to attain their high school diploma or GED and
gain construction and work readiness skills. The occupational training is provided
through the Northwest Technical College Construction Program.
Under this program, each course is a “stackable credential” that conveys a
certificate of completion to the successful learner as well as college credits that
apply toward academic certificates, diplomas and degrees. The National Center
for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) will be one of the certifications
completed during this training.
Participants will build two new low-income housing units through the Red Lake
Housing Authority in addition to rehabilitating two substandard dwellings owned by