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Camp Alma to provide job training to veterans

Right now, there’s still a lot of work to be done before veterans can stay there but it could be open in the next few months.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 3:15 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Many local construction and contracting companies recently toured Camp Alma -- a camp run by the nonprofit Veterans Legacy.

Those companies say they’re working to get the camp up and running so veterans can receive treatment while also learning new skills they can use to work in a trade.

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Right now, there’s still a lot of work to be done before veterans can stay there but it could be open in the next few months.

After that, construction companies say they’ll be working with Veterans Legacy to implement unit-based curriculum to help veterans earn certifications.

Associated General Contractors has even given grant money toward buying welding equipment.

Juan Coronel with Materials Testing and Inspection says they always have jobs they always have jobs they are hiring for, and those jobs aren’t limited to veterans.

“It's an awesome career opportunity,” Coronel said. “Most people who do what we do have excellent benefits. It's an excellent living wage. But also, it's a very passionate career. Once you get into it and start diving in, it's common that you will become passionate about it and just want to know more and just keep diving and learning."

Coronel says right now there’s a lot of construction projects, meaning there are a lot of opportunities to get into skilled trades.

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