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 provide valuable construction and trade skills training programs to both high school students and adults, free of charge. These programs we offer at the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center at 1335 Alleghany Street in Charlotte – programs focused on specialized areas like construction, carpentry, blueprint reading and estimating, HVAC and electrical – help high school students and adults access high-potential, family-sustaining trade careers at no cost to them. Skills in these specialized areas can lead to in-demand jobs with great earning potential, health and other benefits.

ADULT PROGRAMS:

CONSTRUCTION BASICS

Goodwill’s free seven-week Construction Basics Training program assists individuals in quickly developing the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain a position in the construction industry. Training topics include construction math, blueprint reading, hand and power tool use, material handling, safety and more. The program is taught by National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certified instructors and is offered in partnership with Central Piedmont Community College. All training is free of charge for Goodwill clients.

PRE-REQUISITES:

  • Personal interview at the Job Resource Center at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus
  • TABE testing in the Job Resource Center at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus
  • Goodwill orientation
  • CPCC registration

CERTIFICATES RECEIVED UPON COMPLETION:

  • NCCER: National Center for Construction Education and Research
  • OSHA 10: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

HOW TO REGISTER:

To enroll in a training program, come to the Goodwill Opportunity Campus so that you can meet one-on-one with a specialist who can help you get started. You don’t need an appointment – simply show up whenever it’s convenient for you. 

COURSE TIMELINE:

Classes run Tuesday – Thursday, 6 – 9:30 p.m. with two Saturday classes from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

** These classes run Tuesday – Thursday, 3 – 8:30 p.m. with two Saturday classes from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for five weeks as opposed to seven weeks

Interview Deadline

Orientation

Class Begins

Class Ends

December 12, 2019

December 17, 2019

January 7, 2020

February 20, 2020

January 23, 2020

January 28, 2020

**February 4, 2020

**March 5, 2020

March 5, 2020

March 10, 2020

March 17, 2020

April 30, 2020

April 23, 2020

May 5, 2020

May 12, 2020

June 25, 2020

June 18, 2020

June 30, 2020

July 7, 2020

August 20, 2020

August 21, 2020

August 25, 2020

September 1, 2020

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

October 20, 2020

October 27, 2020

December 10, 2020

 

POSSIBLE CAREER PATH:

Apprentice > Craft Professional > Crew Leader: Foreman > Site Superintendent > Senior Management

INTRO TO CARPENTRY

In Goodwill’s free seven-week Intro to Carpentry Training program, participants can earn a certificate of competency in basic floor, wall and ceiling framing. Course content includes wood building materials, fasteners and adhesives; hand and power tool use; floor, wall, ceiling and roof systems; reading plans and elevations; and a voluntary service project. The program is taught by National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certified instructors and is offered in partnership with Central Piedmont Community College. All training is free of charge for Goodwill clients.

PRE-REQUISITES:

  • Successful completion of Construction Basics Training program

CERTIFICATES RECEIVED UPON COMPLETION:

  • Certificate of completion from Central Piedmont Community College

HOW TO REGISTER:

To enroll in a training program, come to the Goodwill Opportunity Campus so that you can meet one-on-one with a specialist who can help you get started. You don’t need an appointment – simply show up whenever it’s convenient for you. 

COURSE TIMELINE:

Classes run Tuesday – Thursday, 6 – 9:30 p.m. 

Class Begins

Class Ends

January 28, 2020

March 12, 2020

March 24, 2020

May 7, 2020

May 19, 2020

July 2, 2020

July 14, 2020

August 27, 2020

September 8, 2020

October 22, 2020

November 3, 2020

December 17, 2020

 

POSSIBLE CAREER PATH: 

Carpenter helper > Carpenter > Lead Carpenter: Foreman > Superintendent > Management

INTRO TO BLUEPRINT READING & ESTIMATING

Goodwill’s free Intro to Blueprint Reading & Estimating program covers the fundamentals of reading and interpreting residential blueprints and estimating the quantities of materials and labor required to construct a house. The program is taught by National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certified instructors and is offered in partnership with Central Piedmont Community College. All training is free of charge for Goodwill clients.

PRE-REQUISITES:

  • Successful completion of Construction Basics Training program

CERTIFICATES RECEIVED UPON COMPLETION:

  • ProCore

HOW TO REGISTER:

To enroll in a training program, come to the Goodwill Opportunity Campus so that you can meet one-on-one with a specialist who can help you get started. You don’t need an appointment – simply show up whenever it’s convenient for you. 

COURSE TIMELINE:

Classes run on Wednesday and Thursday from 6 – 9:30 p.m. There is a 12-hour online component and either two Saturday classes from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or five Tuesday classes to substitute for the two Saturday classes.

Class Begins

Class Ends

February 17, 2020

April 9, 2020

May 6, 2020

June 25, 2020

August 5, 2020

September 24, 2020

October 14, 2020

December 9, 2020

INTRO TO ELECTRICAL/HVAC

Goodwill’s free seven-week Electrical/HVAC program covers the basic fundamentals of environmental control systems used in the HVAC industry in addition to residential basic electrical wiring. This class introduces you to the care/usage of installation tools and materials and some National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements. Topics include safety, blueprint reading, planning and layout as well as installation of electrical distribution equipment. After you’ve successfully completed the course, you’ll be able to properly install conduits, wiring and electrical distribution equipment associated with basic electrical installations. The class is taught by National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certified instructors from  Central Piedmont Community College and provides a jumpstart for a promising HVAC or electrical career.

PRE-REQUISITES:

  • Successful completion of Construction Basics Training program

CERTIFICATES RECEIVED UPON COMPLETION:

  • Certificate of completion from Central Piedmont Community College
  • EPA 608 certification

HOW TO REGISTER:

To enroll in a training program, come to the Goodwill Opportunity Campus so that you can meet one-on-one with a specialist who can help you get started. You don’t need an appointment – simply show up whenever it’s convenient for you. 

COURSE TIMELINE:

Classes run Tuesday – Thursday, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Class Begins

Class Ends

January 21, 2020

March 12, 2020

March 24, 2020

May 14, 2020

May 19, 2020

July 9, 2020

July 14, 2020

August 27, 2020

POSSIBLE CAREER PATH:

Helper > Apprentice > Journeyman/Technician > Licensed Technician

FORKLIFT TRAINING:

Goodwill can help you can become forklift certified for the manufacturing, transportation and warehouse industry. Goodwill’s five-day Forklift/OSHA Training program is offered in two locations: the Goodwill Opportunity Campus, located at 5301 Wilkinson Boulevard in west Charlotte, and our Gastonia Job Connection, located at 116 Armstrong Street in Gastonia. This free training program prepares individuals for entry-level employment in the manufacturing, transportation and warehouse industries. 

The program provides an overview of OSHA, NIOSH and hands-on instruction in lift truck design, vehicle safety inspection, moving with and without a load, and picking up and stacking a load. Special conditions involving trailers, ramps, elevators and pedestrian safety are also addressed. All training is free of charge for Goodwill clients.

PRE-REQUISITES:

  • CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System) assessment

CERTIFICATES RECEIVED UPON COMPLETION:

  • NC General Industry Forklift certification good for three years
  • OSHA-10 safety card

HOW TO REGISTER:

To enroll in a training program, come to the Goodwill Opportunity Campus so that you can meet one-on-one with a specialist who can help you get started. You don’t need an appointment – simply show up whenever it’s convenient for you. 

CHARLOTTE COURSE TIMELINE:

Classes run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Interview Deadline Orientation Class Begins Class Ends
December 17, 2019 December 19, 2019 January 6, 2020 January 10, 2020
February 6, 2020 February 11, 2020 February 17, 2020 February 21, 2020
March 10, 2020 March 17, 2020 March 23, 2020 March 27, 2020
April 9, 2020 April 14, 2020 April 20, 2020 April 24, 2020
April 30, 2020 May 5, 2020 May 11, 2020 May 15, 2020
June 11, 2020 June 16, 2020 June 22, 2020 June 26, 2020
August 6, 2020 August 11, 2020 August 17, 2020 August 21, 2020
September 10, 2020 September 15, 2020 September 21, 2020 September 25, 2020
October 1, 2020 October 6, 2020 October 12, 2020 October 16, 2020
October 29, 2020 November 3, 2020 November 9, 2020 November 13, 2020

GASTONIA COURSE TIMELINE:

Classes run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Interview Deadline Orientation Class Begins Class Ends
January 14, 2020 January 21, 2020 February 3, 2020 February 7, 2020
March 19, 2020 March 31, 2020 April 6, 2020 April 10, 2020
July 9, 2020 July 14, 2020 July 20, 2020 July 24, 2020
November 5, 2020 November 10, 2020 November 16, 2020 November 20, 2020

YOUTH PROGRAMS:

Youth programs at the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center are offered in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, The ROC (Rebuilding Opportunities in Construction) and Central Piedmont Community College. The ROC aims to educate and mentor Charlotte high school students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and recruit employment opportunities in the construction industry. High school juniors and seniors have an opportunity to learn construction code basics, OSHA safety, blue print reading, carpentry, HVAC, architectural drafting, green technology and electrical building systems. Once students find their favorite track during their junior year, they will concentrate on that track during their senior year. In addition, students will have an opportunity to complete paid internships during the summers of their junior and senior years. 

If you or your student is interested in enrolling in one of our youth training programs, please click here.

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