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Home Builders Institute Project CRAFT - Florida Tadar Muhammad Program Manager, Workforce Training & Employment Lori Wilkin Program Compliance Coordinator, Workforce Training & Employment Vocational Education: A Motivational Tool for Success!

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Home Builders Institute Project CRAFT - Florida

Tadar Muhammad

Program Manager, Workforce Training & Employment

Lori Wilkin

Program Compliance Coordinator, Workforce Training & Employment

Vocational Education: A Motivational Tool for Success!


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What was your first job? Project CRAFT - FloridaIs that the job you are in now?What things did you learn from your first job?When I grow up…I wanna be a…?


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Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.  ~Booker t. Washington


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Why do we do this kind of work? one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. 


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National Association of Home Builders one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. 

  • 235,000 members

  • 850 local and state affiliates (HBA’s)

  • 3 affiliate organizations

    • NAHB Research Center

    • National Housing Endowment, the Philanthropic Arm

    • HBI, the Workforce Development Arm

Washington D.C.


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Home Builders Institute one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. 

  • Construction trades training

    • Job Corps (3,114 students annually)

    • WTE (1,000 students annually)

  • Job Placement Services


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Project CRAFT - Florida one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.  (Community Restitution Apprenticeship-Focused Training)

  • 5 DJJ Residential Programs (310 Students Annually)

    • Dozier School for Boys (High-Risk Males)

    • Okeechobee Youth Development Center (High-Risk Males)

    • Avon Park (Moderate Risk Males)

    • Bristol Youth Academy (Moderate Risk Males)

    • Red Road Academy (Moderate Risk Males)

  • 2 DJJ Probation Enhancement Services Programs (74 Students)

    • Orlando (Males or Females Probation or CR Youth)

    • Tampa (Males or Females Probation or CR Youth)

  • Recognized by National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) & U.S. Department of Labor with PEPNet Award


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PACT Curriculum one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. 

  • 1. Building Trades Safety & First Aid

  • 2. Construction Math

  • 3. Tools and Construction Materials

  • 4. Employability

  • 5. Carpentry

  • 6. Electrical

  • 7. Plumbing

  • 8. Brick Masonry

  • 9. Landscaping

  • 10.Facilities Maintenance

  • 11. Painting



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OPPAGA Certificate Report, October, 2007

Among students who did not go to college, overall income is similar, but students who attended career academies that lead to industry certification earn higher incomes.

Among the students of the 2003 graduating class, most who did not attend college had not yet entered fulltime employment by 2005. These students’ median income for 2005 was $5,397, which was below the minimum wage of a full-time employee, $11,800. OPPAGA found no overall difference in the percentage of former career academy and traditional high school students who earned incomes above the median. However, a higher percentage of students who attended career academies leading to industry certification earned above the median income.


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Project CRAFT honored with PEPNet award as a “best practice” in youth programming

NationalRecognition for HBI


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OUTCOMES practice” in youth programming


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  • Project CRAFT - Florida Outcomes in PY 2009 practice” in youth programming

  • Average wage upon placement $8.45/hour

  • Placement upon graduation 98 percent

  • Community Service37,987 hours

  • Pre-Apprentice Certificates 214

  • High School Diplomas 24

  • GED 52

  • Total Students329

  • Project CRAFT students completed almost 40,000 community service hours between facility repairs and new construction. HBI students have saved taxpayers more than $273,886 in labor costs to DJJ programs and local communities.


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STUDENT SUCCESS practice” in youth programmingSTORIES


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Eric, 18 - Graduated 1/28/08 practice” in youth programming

Eric is working for Outback as a server and attending Hillsborough Community College. Eric was a recipient of a grant that paid up to $1,000.00 for summer classes. His goal is to complete Hillsborough Community College and attend the University of South Florida. Eric while attending HBI quit smoking and stated “he could think clearer when he stopped”. He earned his GED while at HBI and became employed soon thereafter.  Eric is very focused on being the first male in his family to graduate college.


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Jonathan, 17 - Graduated 8/1/08 practice” in youth programming

Jonathan is currently attending nursing school working towards becoming a patient technician. Once he completes this course, he will start on his course to either be a dental technician or RN. Jonathan attended Hillsborough Community College but really wanted to get started with a career so he could start making money. He earned his GED while at HBI. He was in the 7th grade when he was referred to us. He was referred by the school district as he missed more than 50 days from his social studies class.


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Ivory, 19 - Graduated 6/30/09 practice” in youth programming

Ivory is currently working at Publix in the Deli Department. He took his GED Exam two weeks ago and is awaiting the results. The goal is for him to learn various aspects of the grocery business and become a manager to eventually run his own store as a grocery store manager and move up to a regional manager. Before HBI , Ivory states he didn't have any goals and no direction and in his words thought he end up in prison.


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Mayito, 17 - Graduated 6/30/09 practice” in youth programming

Mayito currently works for the Clean City Division of Tampa. He took his GED Exam two weeks ago and is awaiting the results. He really hated school and stop going in the 8th grade because he didn't see the point in an education. Mayito is currently in the process of moving out on his own.


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For more information regarding Workforce Training & Employment contact:

Tadar Muhammad, Program Manager, Workforce Training & Employment, 863-557-5054 or [email protected]

Lori Wilkin, Program Compliance Coordinator, Workforce Training & Employment, 863-443-1940 or [email protected]

Visit our web site at www.hbi.org.


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