Students Get Hands-On Training

March 25, 2013 Updated Mar 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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March 25, 2013 Updated Mar 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM EDT

Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW) - These construction crews gutted this house and are renovating the space. It is all part of a training class.

"Hands on experience instead of the book work," Student Amanda West said.

The Isaiah 61 Project in Niagara Falls, started behind a book and in a classroom, learning about the all trades. In just a few short months, students like Amanda West were in the house putting her skills to work.

"A lot of times when you go to training it is electrical or just plumbing but we are able to cover all grounds," West said.

Project Coordinator Jim Haid had this to say.

"Isaiah 61 is design to help people who are unemployed or under employed find jobs in the trades, particularly the construction trade," Haid said.

This construction team is working on everything from flooring to shelves. Then, the house, which the group bought from the city from $500, will be sold to a lower to moderate-income family. The house will be fully renovated and only cost the family about $35,000.

"We're going to be selling the house at construction value. However much we put into a house construction-wise," Haid said.

"In the long run, it's going help community. There will be less abandon and condemned houses," West said.

Instructor Dennis Luzak said these people would have a leg up on other candidates when they go out to find a job.

"They are doing extremely well. They are hard working and getting stuff done much faster than I anticipated," Luzak said.

Student Aliouna Sow who has another job but decided to also take this course in order to improve his skills.

"What you know no one can take away. You may lose a job today or tomorrow but what you know stays with you forever," Sow said.

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