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Asheville program aims to improve race relations through job training

A new job training program at World Wide Baptist Tabernacle Church in Asheville is expected to improve race relations and employment. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A new job training program in Asheville is expected to improve race relations and employment.

United Community Development and the World Wide Baptist Tabernacle Church held a dedication ceremony.

The basement of the church, 85 Choctaw street, will be used for a masonry and home weatherization training program. The six-week program is designed to prepare people for employment in the construction and weatherization industries and will be taught by a diverse staff.

"When people get trained and are able to make a living wage, they are able to socialize more. So, all of those things help improve human relations overall," Ray Mapp, vice president of United Community Development, said.

The program is funded by the Isaac Coleman Community Innovation Grant through the Buncombe County Foundation.

Mapp said the training program should be up and running within four-six weeks, starting with about 15 participants.

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