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YouthBuild GED Program

Valencia College has partnered with YouthBuild USA to educate and empower students by building a sustainable pathway to a better career. YouthBuild programs develop ethical young leaders to take responsibility for their career, families, and communities.

   Courses are free for those who qualify.

   Earn cash incentives for taking the next steps towards a better future.

   Earn industry-recognized credentials and gain the experience to start working in a specialized career.

   Gain hands-on experience building a home for a family in need while finishing your GED.



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Requirements

 

17-24 Years Old

Must be age 17-24.


 

Financial Aid

Must qualify for financial aid.


 

GED

Must be in need of a
high school diploma or GED.


 

U.S. Worker

Must be legally authorized
to work in the U.S.


 

Kissimmee, FL

Must live in the designated Kissimmee area.


 

English

Must be proficient in English language.



Partners

Career Source Central Florida

Goodwill

Habitat for Humanity Osceola County


At YouthBuild programs in the United States and across the globe, low-income young people learn construction skills to help build affordable housing and other community assets such as community centers and schools.

YouthBuild is a program of Valencia College with grant funding provided by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

Youth Build - Building Communities and Our Lives

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Timeline

Recruitment

 

Applicant Review
and Selection
Classes Start

 

GED and
Construction Skills Instruction

5 months (20-weeks)

 

Internship and
Graduation
3 months

I’m interested. Sign me up!



Partners

Youth Build - Building Communities and Our Lives
Career Source Central Florida
Goodwill

Habitat for Humanity Osceola County









Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a deadline to apply for the program?
No. You can apply anytime. Classes have different start dates.

Is the program available to current high school students?
Technically no. You must not have completed a high school diploma or GED in order to qualify. Some exceptions can be made. Please contact us for more info.

If I drop the program mid-way through, can I re-register next year?
No. You must complete the program within 12 months to obtain your diploma and certifications.

Am I eligible to apply if I have taken a class at Valencia College before?
Yes. As long as you meet all of the other requirements.

Do I have to be a Florida resident to apply?
Yes. You must have an address within these Kissimmee zip codes: 34744, 34741, 34743, and 34746

What other fees or costs am I responsible to pay for?
Nothing. This program is absolutely free for those who qualify.

Am I guaranteed a job after I finish?
Every student who completes the program is eligible for a paid internship opportunity to work in the field. If a student excels, they increase their chances of being hired after their internship.

What are cash incentives?
Every day that you attend class, you will earn up to $20 for just participating! Each student is eligible to make up to $2000 just for participating.

Do I need a driver’s license to participate?
​No. But you do need a Florida ID card.



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