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Drake State Offering FREE Construction Training


Drake State will be offering FREE construction training courses for residents of the region who are currently unemployed or under employed and have a desire to enter the field of construction.  Classes begin April 22 with first classes scheduled for completion by August 31, 2013.

Supported by more than 140 local contractors, Drake State spearheaded an educational team that included Madison County Schools and Huntsville City Schools committed to providing an integrated workforce training system to prepare workers needed by local contractors to respond to new construction demands. Called the North Alabama Construction Training Institute, the training program will be based on the curriculum standards of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).  

“This training program is a great example of collaborative teamwork that involved area high schools, area contractors, and local builders and contractors associations,” said Dr. John Reutter, Drake State director of planning and development. “The cooperation of the Region 2 Workforce Council and the Alabama State Workforce Training Council were instrumental in bringing this important program to life, along with the critical support of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development.”

Training, which is free, includes classes in basic carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and residential wiring.  Completers of the training will be eligible to take the NCCER certification examinations in their skill area.  These certifications are portable and recognized by contractors throughout the United States.  Upon completion of the training, Drake State will host a career fair for the contractors to interview the graduates.  

Responding to the renewed regional demand for construction, Drake State was supported in its development of the institute by the Huntsville/Madison County Builders Association, the Associated Builders and Contractors - North Alabama Chapter, the Associated General Contractors - North Alabama Section, and the Alabama Region 2 Workforce Council.  The program is being funded in part by a grant from the Alabama Governor’s Office of Workforce Development.

“The Huntsville/Madison County Builders Association is delighted that the residential construction trades courses and certifications will become a reality at Drake State. The awarding of this workforce development grant spotlights what we can do as a community when we work together to achieve a common goal.”  Said Lynn Kilgore, Executive Director of the Huntsville/Madison County Builders Association.

To register for the program, contact Ms. Nell Hambrick at 256 427-5701.


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