• Goodwill provides skilled training in free program

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Construction is a booming business in Charlotte, but finding skilled workers can be a challenge for employers.

    People looking to break into the business need to have experience, and there is a free program that gives them a chance for a brighter future.

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    Daron Murphy participates in the program at the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center.

    “I would advise anybody that comes in here to know your life is going to be changed for the better,” Murphy said.

    The program a unique partnership between Goodwill, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Central Piedmont Community College to train and certify people in skilled trades.

    “Our adult training program will have access to things like advanced carpentry, HVAC, electrical,” said Brian Otto, director of Construction Services.

    The one-of-a kind program will soon have a one-of-a kind facility to match.

    The new facility on Alleghany Avenue will give students the chance to get hands-on training to learn advanced trade skills.


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    “Accessing these services for individuals puts them on a trajectory toward family-sustaining employment and the ability to take care of their family long-term and build their careers,” Otto said.

    Officials hope to open the new center in early 2019.

    People can apply right now for new courses.

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