Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont has partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Central Piedmont Community College and Rebuilding Opportunities in Construction (The ROC) to create the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center in a former Goodwill warehouse on the west side of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The partnership will offer its first classes in August at CMS’s Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology across the street, and the $2.5 million center will open to its first students in January, once renovations are complete. The free program will start with construction training, then move into specialized study that may include cover construction, field supervision, concrete and masonry, apartment maintenance, advanced carpentry, computer aided drafting & design, HVAC or electrical training.

The partnership aims to graduate 520 students per year by 2020. Once students complete the free training and certification, they will be ready to apply for a job or apprenticeship, or transfer up to 53 credit hours toward an associate’s degree at Central Piedmont Community College.

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