Yuut Elitnaurviat awards its first certificates in construction and maintenance program

by Mike Martz on August 31, 2011

Front L to R: James Martz, Clarisse Jensen, Max Kohl. Rear L to R: Jeremy Osborne, Program Director; Dennis Dishion, Instructor; Kurt Kuhne, Executive Director. Photo by Mike Martz

The Yuut Elitnaurviat training center awarded certificates on Wednesday August 31st to the first three graduates in its construction and maintenance training program.  Clarisse Jensen, Max Kohl and James Martz received their certificates in a ceremony held at the Yuut Elitnaurviat multi-purpose room.

The three graduates were part of the first group to participate in the construction and maintenance program completing a total of 765 hours of construction and classroom work, Kurt Kuhne, executive director, said.  Kuhne went on to say that the program is a combination of both construction training and academic courses in human relations and communications designed to provide a solid foundation of work skills for the participants.

Yuut construction grads put the finishing touches on their building. Photo by Mike Martz.

For the construction module of the program the graduates built a house from the ground up for the Lower Kuskokwim School District.  The house will be transported by LKSD to a village where it will serve as teacher housing.

The construction training consisted of classes certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research and were taught by Dennis Dishion, a NCCER certified instructor.  The academic classes were offered through Kuskokwim Campus.

Of the three graduates, Max Kohl and Clarisse Jensen are starting apprenticeships at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, Jensen as a plumbing apprentice and Kohl as an electrical apprentice.  James Martz has been hired as a facility maintenance technician at Yuut Elitnaurviat.

A new construction and maintenance program course is slated to begin soon.  Interested students may contact Yuut Elitnaurviat for more information.

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