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Skilled-trades training program qualifies city residents for construction jobs

When Ezzard White launched One Hope Made Strong (OHMS), a free skilled-trades training program for young men and women living in the central city, he had no workshop, little equipment and no staff. It was fall 2013 and the construction industry, which had ground to a halt in the 2008-9 recession, was still stagnant.

But White, a retired electricity and electronics teacher who owns and operates EWS Electric was concerned about young adults in the city having few prospects for life-sustaining jobs. With encouragement from some business and religious leaders...

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