Photos: Home Builders Institute Workforce Training Class Photos: Home Builders Institute Workforce Training Class Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Alarious Oliney, left, and Marquise Johnson, right, check out new tools during their Home Builders Institute Work Force Training class, newly offered through Baton Rouge's Family & Youth Service Center and taught by instructors from HBI, in partnership with the Capital Region Builders Foundation. Don Blair, one of the class instructors, is at center. The new class is aimed at helping 18-24 year olds from East Baton Rouge Parish who either dropped out of school, or did finish, but lack a skill to get a solid job in building or facilities maintenance. Students will get hands-on experience with painting, carpentry, electrical work, plumbing and other building maintenance skills, as well as classroom work in construction math and reading. Once they are done with the six-week course,students will be assisted by the Capital Region Builders Association with job placement. Advocate story Comments 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.