Vocational training

Martin County man gives back to charity where he learned job training

A Martin County charity celebrates a full-circle success story.

Project Lift in Palm City teaches at-risk teens skills training to provide social and emotional support.

Most students are referred to the program either by the court system or by the school district.

Recently, the charity took over a new building as it works to expand its campus.

With a new building, often comes the need for renovations.

For the first time ever, a Project Lift graduate has had the chance to come back and give back to the charity through their new full-time job.

Luciano Andres graduated from Project Lift’s HVAC program in June 2020 and was hired almost immediately by The Local Guy Air Conditioning in Martin County.

Adres now functions as a systems installer.

“Ever since I was in high school, I was already thinking about HVAC,” Andres said. “So I got out and went to Project Lift and learned there and then I got out in the field and learned more. That’s my goal, keep learning and hopefully , later do something bigger.”

Project Lift offers teens ages 14-21 eleven different vocational programs, including construction, carpentry, welding and more.

The non-profit organization works with nearly 100 industry partners in the immediate area, providing qualified candidates for high-demand jobs.

While learning at Project Lift, students also receive a paycheck.

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