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MPC Developer Partners With Local Trade Students

A California developer is enlisting the help of local trade students for a new master planned community project


September 13, 2023
Construction students and instructor on job site of master planned community
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Silverwood, a master planned community under construction in Hesperia, Calif., has partnered with local educational institutions to engage students in its career pathways program. In collaboration with the Hesperia Unified School District, Mountain Desert Career Pathways, Victor Valley Community College, and San Bernardino County Workforce Development, Silverwood offers educational opportunities to high school and college students involved in skilled trades courses.

The program provides hands-on experience with woodworking, welding, construction, art, agriculture, and more, and according to the Victorville Daily Press, also provides internships, externships, and job shadowing.

“At the heart of Silverwood is community, and it is important to DMB Development to seamlessly integrate the local community into this project through our career pathways program,” said Jonathan Weldy, Silverwood director of development, who leads the efforts on the Silverwood team and oversees the career pathways program. 

Weldy said the developer takes great pride in the fact Silverwood will not only deliver much-needed attainable housing inventory and offer a warm, welcoming atmosphere in the form of the "small town California" feel but will also create job opportunities for young adults and established professionals alike. 

“The project is expected to create a multi-billion-dollar economic impact on Hesperia, and the Mojave River Valley, and we look forward to engaging with the local community to create opportunities within the region,” Weldy said.

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