“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed unless it is faced” James Baldwin
Peninsula Regional Education Program (PREP). The staff members from PREP did a tremendous job in preparing Naajee for the GED examination. Ms. Ardelia Davis, GED instructor used GED ready tests which allowed Naajee to negotiate through computer-based GED exams which follows the North American high school equivalency test. GED includes four independent subtests that cover the subject areas of Math, Language, Science, and Social Studies. The GED diploma will allow students to enter college and definitely lead to better employment opportunities. Naajee used the completion of his GED to apply for an Internship position with Centennial Contracting Enterprise (CCE). Naajee was able to also get his driver’s license through Greater Peninsula Workforce.
Greater Peninsula Workforce. This program is located in the New Horizon Regional Education Center and receives funding through the WorkForce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). The funding provides On-the-Job training through WorkForce Experience (WEX), resume writing, Leadership Development, Work Readiness, and Employment Assistance. Newport News YouthBuild has partnered with this agency to provide wrap around services for the residents of Newport News.
Centennial Contracting Enterprise (CCE). Naajee along with Kyle Douglas. Centennial is a national leader in renovation, infrastructure improvements, new construction, sustainable initiatives and emergency services for facility owners. The company operates a nationwide network of more than 30 offices led by construction professionals who share a common goal: to keep promises, honor commitments and exceed client expectations. Senior leaders from CCE conducted a tour of the YouthBuild facility and came away impressed with the training provided by YouthBuild Construction staff. CCE leadership requested and interviewed several of our students and they were offered a 90-day internship for the summer.