Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and The ROC (Rebuilding Opportunities in Construction) have partnered together to build the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center. The programs we will offer at the center – programs focused on specialized areas like construction, masonry, carpentry, computer-aided drafting and design, HVAC and electrical – will help high school students and adults access high-potential, family-sustaining trade careers at not cost to them. Skills in these specialized areas can lead to in-demand jobs with great earning potential, health and other benefits.
It’s well-documented that there’s a labor shortage in the construction industry – it’s worse than any other industry in the state. And yet, Charlotte also struggles with economic mobility, ranking last among the 50 largest cities in the nation. Our community needs a path for upward mobility and industry needs skilled workers.
The Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center will serve both high school students and adults. Any CMS student can participate in the youth programs, and anyone in our community can access the adult programs. Once it’s fully operational, we expect to train more than 400 adults and 120 youth each year in this facility. All four partners have a key role.
- Goodwill: focusing on adult workforce development, wraparound support services and managing the facility
- CMS: focusing on student recruitment, logistics and advocacy
- CPCC: with college credits and industry-certified instruction
- The ROC: focusing on teen workforce development, and industry apprenticeships and mentorships
The Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center will be located at the former Goodwill Retail Operations Center on Alleghany Street in west Charlotte.
The Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center is scheduled to open in January 2019.
We are in the process of raising $2.5 million needed to get the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center up and running. We’ve received an initial $500,000 investment from Christ Episcopal Church to begin the project. The rest will come from industry partners who support our vision, and from donations from the community. If you’re interested in donating to the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center, please contact LaRita Barber, Chief Advancement Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-332-0293.