The first cohort in the Careers in Construction: Back to Work program — under the umbrella of Careers in Construction Colorado — will graduate May 2.

The three men, all part of the New Life Program at the Springs Rescue Mission, learned real-life construction skills through the Home Builders Institute Pre-Apprentice Certified Training (PACT) curriculum, and will earn certificates in PACT Core as well as OSHA 10, according to a news release from the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs.

The 10-week program, which began in January, is a collaborative effort between the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, El Paso County, Widefield School District 3, Careers in Construction Colorado (powered by the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs and the Associated General Contractors – Colorado) and local organizations including Springs Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado’s Hanifen Employment Center, and Lutheran Family Services. It provides construction-based vocational education to the organization’s clients.

The industry-driven program aims to equip underserved adults with real life, high-demand construction skills, provide employability and safety training, and connect them with construction career pathways, according to the release.

The graduation ceremony will be held at the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab, 4450 Foreign Trade Zone Blvd, at 11:30 a.m., with remarks starting at noon. Speakers include Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers; Renee Zentz, CEO of the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs; Scott Campbell, Widefield District 3 assistant superintendent of instructional services; Debbie Shackelford, programs manager for the Pikes Peak Workforce Center; and Cliff Hunter of the Springs Rescue Mission.