Daytona State College addresses building industry’s need with new course

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Bryan Kelly took a few carpentry classes at DeLand High School’s construction academy before dropping out of school last year.

Now armed with his GED, Kelly is back in the classroom at his old school, but this time as a student in Daytona State College’s first-ever basic construction skills course.

The 18-year-old said he hopes to land an entry-level construction job and build a foundation for additional education.

“After dropping out, I was trying to find a job and couldn’t,” Kelly said. “I didn’t know anything about this class, but my parents saw an article about it. I hope to get a job out of it. This should get the ball rolling.”

The new course is the result of the college’s workforce summit and follow-up construction industry focus group last year.

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