The Construction Careers Academy is a cooperative partnership between CVCC, area construction companies, the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, and the Catawba Valley and Hickory Home Builders Associations. The goal is to actively identify and develop a skilled construction workforce for the future. Key cornerstones of the academy include:
Construction Careers Ride and Decide program provides high school students ages 16-18 with the knowledge and skills to develop an exciting new career in construction. Working with local business and industry, our goal is to reach out to those students that enjoy working outside and take pride in "building things."
Our program will not only introduce you to new career opportunities, but will provide a paid summer position as a pre-apprentice with a local construction company.
Our ultimate goal is for you to explore a career as a skilled craftsman (electrician, carpenter, plumber, and HVAC technician), job superintendent, and project manager or construction business owner.
If interested, please fill out the Construction Scholars Ride and Decide Program application (PDF). Return the application to Keith Sipe, email@example.com.
Classroom work includes:
Summer employment includes a paid pre-apprentice position with a local construction company. Benefits include:
If you are interested in an exciting new career, enjoy working outside, and take pride in "building things," then the Construction Careers Academy is for you.
If you participated in Career and Technical Education classes in high school, then you are already on your way to a great career in construction.
If you are unemployed and have an interest and aptitude for construction, then you should register for the Construction Careers Academy.
To Register: Contact CVCC's Corporate Development Center - (828) 327-7000 ext. 4294
Demand for commercial and residential construction is outpacing skilled labor. There are 7.2 million construction jobs nationwide. Employment is up 3.7% with over 200,000 openings. North Carolina is projecting a need for over 20,000 construction craft employees.
Over 2,500 building permits are issued each year in the greater Hickory area alone.
Nationwide Salaries Average: Masonry - $53,490; Carpentry - $48,500; Electricians - $55,770.
Individuals interested in exploring and developing an exciting new career as a skilled craftsman, business owner, construction manager, and/or construction project manager can:
The Dennis L.R. Starnes, Sr. Scholarship Endowment was the first endowment established through the CVCC Foundation to provide financial assistance to deserving individuals desiring to become a member of the construction industry. A life-long resident of Catawba County, Mr. Starnes exemplified excellence in craftsmanship as a Master Carpenter by "crafting homes" rather than building houses. This endowment will pay for the books required for this course.
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce Scholarships are available to qualified candidates of the Academy.
Both the Starnes Scholarship Endowment and the Chamber of Commerce provide scholarships for the Construction Careers Academy classes beginning in September 2018.
Area construction companies are invited to join the Construction Careers Academy providing program design, support, and funding. Business partners and their sponsorships are essential to the Academy’s success.
Area construction firms are invited to contribute to the Academy through a tax deductible contribution to the CVCC Foundation. Sponsorships include:
Contact Keith Sipe at CVCC’s Workforce Development Innovation Center at (828) 327-7000 ext. 4613 or the CVCC Foundation, Inc. at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4288 to become a sponsor.
Thank you to the following companies for sponsoring the Academy:
For more information, please contact:
Director for Business and Industry Services
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4613
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