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In partnership with the College of Southern Maryland, Building Paths consists of both construction pre-apprenticeship credentialing and professional development training. The program is designed to ensure participants are equipped with the technical know-how to enter the construction and skilled trades field through a job or apprenticeship program.


The skilled trades continue to have a high demand for workers, while people with disabilities remain underemployed, pointing to a natural solution – leveraging the untapped potential and talent of people with disabilities while creating an opportunity for meaningful employment.

Since 1996, the Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) has helped millions of Americans find jobs and produced over $1 billion in tax savings to employers who hire people with disabilities. Through this program, Melwood can help employers maximize this added benefit while working with people with disabilities to launch their careers.

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Interested in learning more or signing up for our next cohort?
Contact: Elizabeth Foster at [email protected]


Melwood’s Building Paths is a 14-week program offered in partnership with the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) through their Workforce Center and the Maryland Center for Environmental Training. Training is held at the Melwood Country Lane campus in Waldorf, Maryland and at the CSM campus in Hughesville. College coursework is delivered online with in-person facilitation. Additionally, there is an in-person Construction Core Lab class designed to develop construction trade application skills. The college training will follow the CSM construction pre-apprenticeship credentialing. A post-instruction career development phase follows the 14-week instruction.

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Melwood Participants Hone Construction Skills, Build a More Inclusive Workforce Thanks to CSM Partnership


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  • Ability to set up and climb/descend an extension
    ladder, demonstrating proper three-point contact
    and safe manual lifting techniques
  • Ability to inspect, don, fit, and remove the PPE
  • Ability to use construction tools, such as: hammer
    or demolition tool; chisel or punch; torque wrench;
    pliers; wire cutters; file; utility knife; shovel or other
    earth tool; crosscut saw. and chain fall or hoist
  • Ability to make a straight, square cut in framing
    lumber using a crosscut saw
  • Ability to use safely the following construction
    tools, such as electric drill; hammer drill or
    rotary hammer; circular saw; reciprocating saw;
    portable band saw; miter or cutoff saw; portable
    or bench grinder; pneumatic nail gun; and a
    pavement breaker
  • Ability to interpret a set of instructions for properly
    donning a safety harness and then orally instruct
    another person on how to don the harness.
  • Ability to inspect a typical power cord and GFCI
    to ensure their serviceability
  • Demonstrate knot tying
  • Demonstrate the proper ASME Emergency Stop
    hand signal
  • Ability to read and interpret construction drawings
    (blueprints) and fill out a work-related form
  • Ability to compute and interpret mathematical
    concepts and diagrams


Classroom Training

  • Skills Assessment
  • Networking
  • Personal Career Plan
  • Problem Solving and
  • Critical Thinking on the Job
  • Disability Disclosure and Documentation
    and Accommodation Plan
  • Resume, Including Cover letter
    and References
  • Teamwork Skills Development
  • Workplace Conflict Resolution
  • Interview Preparation
  • Financial Literacy
  • Communication
  • Time Management

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