When 8:30 - 3:30 M-F
Average Time to Complete 9 months

About the Program

TAP | On-site – YouthBuild provides training for the construction trades. Our program is a career and technical skills leadership program for youth age 16-24 who have dropped out of school. Students are paid while they learn in the classroom and at the work site. Our students gain educational skills, obtain their GED, develop employment skills, and earn a Pre-Apprenticeship Certification in green construction. Students also learn leadership skills and volunteer in the community. Students are required to complete a Mental Toughness Training Course. This is a two week trial period where interested applicants participate in a “boot camp” with various exercises and activities.

Career Paths

  • Green construction
  • Welding
  • Cabinetry
  • Electrician
  • Plumbing


There is no cost to approved clientele for this program.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

TAP’s programs are designed to offer career and educational opportunities with low-income people and their families in mind. While programs can vary, the strategies and resources TAP programs collectively offer cover a wide range of needs:

  • Classes and workshops to prepare students for tests and certifications (incl. GED)
  • Coaches and advisors
  • Job placement partnerships with local employers

How to Apply

Potential students must be between 16 to 24 years old and lack a high school diploma or GED. A release from compulsory education is needed for students under 18 years old.

Our program accepts low-income individuals, juvenile offenders, children of offenders, foster children or former foster children, migrant workers, runaways, and the homeless.

You must meet Department of Labor eligibility requirements and demonstrate an ability to be successful in the program in order to be accepted for enrollment.

YouthBuild is located at the Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 N. Jefferson Street, Suite 503 in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Anthony Bowling at (540) 767-6225.

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