Union painters program helping people from troubled neighborhood - KMOV.com

Union painters program helping people from troubled neighborhoods

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(KMOV.com) – A union painter’s program is striving to provide job training to people from low income, high crime neighborhoods.

Participants in the program learn to paint and hope land jobs with contractors. Currently, contractors are interviewing the graduating class of 15 students for openings. The program has recently grown. More than 200 people hope to fill the program’s 15 slots. Trainees are one step closer to starting a career.

“I might have a career, something that I can do for the rest of my life. It’s taken my off the streets and given me direction,” said student Donald William.

59 candidates have been interviewed to be part of the new 15 person class. More than four times that have applied. They are supposed to be interviewed soon.

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