Photos: Home Builders Institute Workforce Training Class

The free 12-week program is designed to give marketable skills to at-risk youth who either dropped out of school or finished high school, but lack a skill to fall back on for steady work, said Roxson Welch, executive director of the East Baton Rouge Family and Youth Service Center, the truancy center.

The grant covers the cost of providing each student with tools and a tool belt they will keep after completing the class.

The Capital Region Builders Association subcontracted with the Home Builders Institute, which employs the Blair brothers, to teach the class.