Navajo Nation Education Program Gets $1 million

New Mexico – WASHINGTON (KRWG) An education and job training program that serves out-of-school youth in the Navajo Nation and northwest New Mexico has received a $1 million federal grant.

New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall announced the award last week toTohatchi Area of Opportunity & Services Inc., which helps young people earn their GED while learning construction skills.

The grant is funded through the Department of Labor's YouthBuild initiative.

Tohatchi's career education program includes four weeks in the classroom and three weeks of instruction on a construction site. Participants focus on leadership development, life skills, and safety. And they receive hands-on construction training as part of a weatherization project. The program is also working to incorporate green building practices.

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