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Bilingual construction program helps Latino students learn trades

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A partnership is helping Latino workers find good jobs in the construction trade.

11 students took part in the second class of the Bilingual Construction Program at the Latino Academy of Workforce Development.

The United Way of Dane County worked with Stevens Construction, and the two of them helped provide hands-on training for the workers.

"We wanted out students to know not just how to build a dog house,"  said Baltazar De Anda-Santana of the Latino Academy of Workforce Development. "We wanted them to start learning all the skills they needed to learn by doing this, by coming to Stevens Construction."

The first two weeks of the program consists of learning in the classroom. The third and final week is hands-on training. That includes pouring concrete and performing basic carpentry skills.

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