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’ll offer at the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center at 1335 Alleghany Street in Charlotte (scheduled to open early 2019) – programs focused on specialized areas like construction, carpentry, masonry, HVAC and electrical – will 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.

Interview Deadline

Orientation

Class Begins

Class Ends

October 11, 2018

October 15, 2018

October 23, 2018

December 11, 2018

December 13, 2018

December 18, 2018

January 5, 2019

February 21, 2019

February 28, 2019

March 5, 2019

March 12, 2019

April 25, 2019

May 9, 2019

May 14, 2019

May 22, 2019

July 10, 2019

August 1, 2019

August 6, 2019

August 13, 2019

September 12, 2019

October 10, 2019

October 15, 2019

October 22, 2019

December 10, 2019

 

POSSIBLE CAREER PATH:

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

INTERMEDIATE CARPENTRY

Goodwill’s free seven-week Intermediate Carpentry Training program provides students with 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. with one Saturday class from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Interview Deadline

Orientation

Class Begins

Class Ends

February 21, 2019

February 26, 2019

March 5, 2019

April 18, 2019

April 25, 2019

April 30, 2019

May 7, 2019

June 20, 2019

July 11, 2019

July 16, 2019

July 23, 2019

September 5, 2019

September 26, 2019

October 1, 2019

October 8, 2019

November 21, 2019

 

POSSIBLE CAREER PATH: 

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

MASONRY

Goodwill’s free seven-week Masonry Training program teaches students the fundamental techniques of building brick walls, steps, corners, chimneys and other brick structures. Students will learn how to use masonry tools such as the trowel, level and plumb line, along with joinery tools and will understand the different types of joints and concrete, and how to mix them. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to complete small masonry projects and lay to the line using bricks and blocks. 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. with one Saturday class from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Interview Deadline

Orientation

Class Begins

Class Ends

May 2, 2019

May 7, 2019

May 14, 2019

June 27, 2019

July 25, 2019

July 31, 2019

August 6, 2019

September 19, 2019

 

POSSIBLE CAREER PATH:

Masonry Assistant > Mason > Lead Mason: Foreman > Job Site Supervisor > Project Manager

ELECTRICAL/HVAC

Course description coming soon.

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. with one Saturday class from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Interview Deadline

Orientation

Class Begins

Class Ends

October 3, 2019

October 8, 2019

October 15, 2019

December 3, 2019

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.

Forklift Training:

Goodwill can help you can become forklift certified for the manufacturing, transportation and warehouse industry. Goodwill’s 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. The Forklift Training program in Charlotte lasts 10 days, and the Forklift Training program in Gastonia lasts five days. The difference? The Charlotte program includes an extra week of curriculum centered around material handling and logistics. These free training programs prepare 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:

  • Computer Basics
  • Resume Writing

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.

Orientation Class Begins Class Ends
December 19, 2017 January 2, 2018 January 12, 2018
February 6, 2018 February 12, 2018 February 23, 2018
March 13, 2018 March 19, 2018 March 30, 2018
April 10, 2018 April 16, 2018 April 27, 2018
May 8, 2018 May 14, 2018 May 25, 2018
June 5, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 22, 2018
August 7, 2018 August 13, 2018 August 24, 2018
September 4, 2018 September 10, 2018 September 21, 2018
October 9, 2018 October 15, 2018 October 26, 2018
November 27, 2018 December 3, 2018 December 14, 2018

GASTONIA COURSE TIMELINE:

Classes run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Orientation Class Begins Class Ends
January 16, 2018 January 22, 2018 January 26, 2018
May 2, 2018 May 7, 2018 May 11, 2018
July 17, 2018 July 23, 2018 July 27, 2018
November 6, 2018 November 12, 2018 November 16, 2018

 

For more information, please call (704) 372-3434. You can also download our Charlotte Forklift Training flyer or our Gastonia Forklift Training flyer to learn more.

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