Leading Charlotte Organizations Partner to Reinvigorate Construction Career Pipeline with New Trade Training Center

In one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, there is a massive unmet need – construction companies can’t find enough skilled trade professionals to fill the demand. And yet, Charlotte also struggles with economic mobility, ranking last among the 50 largest cities in the nation, according to a Harvard/UC Berkley study1.

A 2016 survey by the North Carolina Department of Commerce found more than half of construction companies in the state had hiring difficulties2 – more than any other industry. The number one cause reported for their hiring trouble was a lack of candidates with technical skills. Meanwhile, demand continues to grow for these positions with an expected 20 percent increase in available construction positions in North Carolina by 2024 – that’s almost 37,000 jobs. 3 Nearly half of these job openings are due to current construction employees aging out of the workforce.

That’s why four educational organizations in Charlotte have joined together to establish the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center. Inside the facility on May 30, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), and The ROC (Rebuilding Opportunities in Construction), announced they will soon work together under one roof to train and certify high school students and adults for in-demand trade skills employers are desperately seeking, free of charge.

“We recognize the skilled trades are an essential part of helping to build our growing city, and having these skills can lead to in-demand high potential careers. We also understand the path for individuals in our community to attain these skills is sometimes met with obstacles. We’ve come together with CPCC, CMS and The ROC to make the path to these careers possible for people in our region,” said Chris Jackson, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. “The programs offered at the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center are provided at no cost to participants and lead to industry-recognized certifications that create access to opportunities for family-sustaining employment.”

The Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center is scheduled to open its doors in January 2019 in a facility that formerly served as a warehouse for Goodwill’s retail operations. The existing 15,000 square foot building located directly across from Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology at 1335 Allegheny Street will require $2.5 million for renovation, upfit and equipment. On Wednesday, the project received an initial $500,000 investment from Christ Episcopal Church to begin the project. By December 2018, it will become a state-of-the-art training facility with laboratory bays filled with industry-specific equipment, allowing for hands-on training. There will also be “smart” classroom space for additional instruction. “Christ Church wanted to take a pioneer role in our community toward workforce development by

providing a $500,000 lead gift. We are grateful for the opportunity to help provide a new vocational pathway that has not been available for Charlotte’s high school students in over 30 years. We value the emphasis on building direct relationships with employer mentors, and appreciate the importance of paid apprenticeships to address inequities in economic mobility,” said The Reverend Chip Edens, Rector of Christ Episcopal Church.

Students will complete foundational training before selecting a specialized program of study, which may include: construction, field supervision, concrete/masonry, apartment maintenance, advanced carpentry, computer aided drafting & design, HVAC and electrical.

High school students will complete career and technical education coursework through The ROC during the daytime hours, with adult training through Goodwill taking place in the evening. CPCC will provide all teacher instruction services via the Career & College Promise program utilizing industry-leading curriculums. Once their training programs are complete, both youth and adult students can choose to enter the workforce, apply for an apprenticeship, or transfer between 41 and 53 credit hours toward an associate’s degree at CPCC depending upon their area of concentration. By 2020, the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center will serve approximately 120 youth and 400 adults each year.

“We are very excited about this partnership and the opportunities it will offer to our students,” said Dr. Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. “The Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center is a natural extension of the construction-related Career and Technical Education pathway offered in CMS. The new training center will allow students to gain certifications that will prepare them for good jobs.”

CMS students will have the opportunity to participate in exploration and career readiness, as well as complete paid internships in the summer before selecting a concentration. Ongoing basic needs fulfillment, career planning, resume development and job search support are embedded in the adult programs through Goodwill.

“As Mecklenburg County’s community college, it’s part of CPCC’s mission to help increase economic mobility by ensuring students are equipped with the skills needed to enter the workforce and forge successful careers,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of CPCC. “Through partnerships and programs such as this, we can build talent pipelines that help employers remain competitive in the marketplace, contributing to the strength of the local economy.”

The good news for future graduates, aside from being in-demand, is that a survey by the Association of General Contractors reported 60 percent of firms in the U.S. increased their base pay rates to attract and retain workers4, a trend that is expected to continue.

For more information on this program, email Steve.Corriher@cpcc.edu.

Parking Advisory: Parking Deck Closure Could Impact Traffic at Central Campus

Please plan to arrive early during the first two weeks of class. Traffic is heavy during this time and there are construction and maintenance projects on Central Campus that could cause issues. We strongly encourage you to carpool or use public transportation as Central Campus traffic volumes adjust during the first two weeks of class.

Download the CPCC app to see all CPCC campus maps – or go directly to the Central Campus map for more specific information – and follow #cpccparking on Twitter. Here are the latest updates:

·         PARKING DECK CLOSURE: Student Parking Deck 3, located at the corner of 7th Street and Charlottetowne Ave., will remain closed until further notice while maintenance work continues. Please use the Employee and Theater Deck on 4th Street (#22 on the map), Student Decks 1 and 2, and the available Central Campus surface lots.

·         PARKING DECK ACCESS: You can still enter and exit Student Parking Deck 1 on 4th St. however, due to construction, you cannot enter/exit the deck from Charlottetowne Ave.

·         LANE OPENING: There’s good news, though: The one lane of Charlottetowne Avenue (between 4th St. and Elizabeth Ave.) that was closed for construction of the new Advanced Technology Center on Central Campus will reopen sometime in mid-January.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience!

Attend the Construction, Manufacturing and Graphics Technologies Open House on Nov. 2

Join us for the Construction, Manufacturing and Graphics Technologies Open House at Harper Campus on Nov. 2!

Thursday, November 2 | 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Harper Campus, 315 West Hebron Street

Free parking is available in Lot D. Please use the Hebron Street entrance.

Join us to learn more about careers in Construction, Manufacturing and Graphics Technologies. You will have the opportunity to tour classrooms, attend live lab demonstrations and meet with industry- experienced faculty and staff to understand more about the degrees, diplomas and certificate programs that lead to some great careers.

Construction

  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technician (HVAC)
  • Architecture
  • Carpentry
  • Code Inspection, Home Inspection
  • Construction Management
  • Electrician
  • Masonry

Manufacturing

  • Advanced Manufacturing/Fabrication, Welding Automation
  • Advanced Welding, Pipe Welding
  • Electrical Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Non-Destructive Examination

Graphics Technologies

  • Advertising and Graphic Design
  • Imaging Technologies and Graphics Manufacturing

For questions about the Construction, Manufacturing and Graphics Technologies Open House, contact 704.330.2722, ext. 7451.

Learn more and RSVP for the Construction, Manufacturing and Graphics Technologies Open House.

Update to Charlottetowne On-Ramp to East Independence Blvd. Closure

Charlottetowne Avenue on-ramp to East Independence Boulevard (daily daytime closures) from East 7th Street to East Independence Boulevard is currently closed and will re-open on Friday, October 6, Construction2017, at 4 p.m. Motorists can detour using East 7th Street, Monroe Road, Washburn Avenue and Television Place/Briar Creek Road.

This closure is necessary for bridge demolition as part of the CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 construction. This is a daily closure of the Charlottetowne Avenue on-ramp to East Independence Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This project is being coordinated with an adjacent NCDOT bridge rehabilitation project that is closing lanes nightly on I-277.

This road will be closed to all through traffic.

CATS will not be affected.

Watch for Construction Traffic, Congestion Around Central Campus

During the weeks of Oct. 2 and Oct. 9, large precast concrete components will be delivered to the North Central Energy Plant construction site.

During the week of Oct. 2, this will involve large trucks entering Central Campus off N. Kings Drive behind Central High, unloading the components at the construction site behind the Giles Building, and then exiting campus driving in front of the Grady Cole Center and past Parking Lot #6 onto 7th Street. These deliveries will take place between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for Wed., Oct. 4, when the deliveries will stop at 3:30 p.m.

During the week of Oct. 9, the large delivery trucks will cause less congestion on campus as they enter the construction site from Charlottetowne Ave., turning onto Sam Ryburn Walk, which is currently closed to pedestrians and all but construction vehicles. These deliveries will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Please be alert while traversing Central Campus the next couple of weeks and give the delivery vehicles a wide berth. 

Part of CPCC Lane Near the CPCC Levine Campus to Permanently Close Sept. 7

Crews working on the Monroe Expressway project will permanently close CPCC Lane to through traffic at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, weather permitting. Construction

Once the closure is in place, motorists will not be able to access CPCC Lane from U.S. 74 (Independence Blvd.). A cul-de-sac will be built at the end of the road as part of its final configuration. Advance warning signs are currently in place to notify motorists of the new pattern.

Updated directions to Levine Campus

The CPCC Levine Campus’ physical address is: 2800 Campus Ridge Rd., Matthews, NC 28105

Levine construction map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campus Ridge Rd. remains accessible from Monroe Rd.

To access Campus Ridge Rd. from Independence Blvd. (Hwy. 74):

  • Continue on Independence Blvd./Hwy 74 past CPCC Lane
  • Take a RIGHT at the first traffic light onto Stallings Road
  • Take a RIGHT at the first traffic light onto Matthews Indian Trail Road
  • Take a LEFT at the end of road onto CPCC Lane
  • Continue to campus parking as normal

Please leave early when coming to campus to allow additional time in case of traffic issues or congestion with this new road closure.

View more information from the NC Department of Transportation.

For updates, visit cpcc.edu.

Overflow Parking at Merancas Campus

The Merancas parking lot will have closed areas due to construction in the coming weeks. With this in mind, CPCC Facilities is asking students and staff to utilize the OVERFLOW ConstructionMecklenburg County parking area, located across the street at 12105 Verhoeff Dr.  Please follow the OVERFLOW PARKING signs to locate the lot. Construction is underway all around Merancas and the Huntersville Athletic Park area, students should use caution while walking and driving around the area.

CPCC Facilities expects construction to be complete by September, giving the campus the capacity to accommodate parking for all students and staff. Please stay tuned for additional updates.

Be Alert for 4th Street Lane Closures Weekends of Feb. 11, 18

As part of the new Advance Technology Center construction project on Central Campus, one lane of 4th Street will be closed between the construction site and the Colony Court Constructionadministrative offices the weekends of Feb 11 and 18.

Even though one lane will remain open at all times, motorists and pedestrians should expect increased congestion and delays. It’s likely entering and exiting Student Deck 1 will take more time and require more caution. Central Campus students, employees and visitors are encouraged to use other parking facilities if at all possible.

 

One Lane of Charlottetowne Ave. to be Closed Through 2017 Near Central Campus

One lane of Charlottetowne Avenue (between 4th Street & Elizabeth Avenue) has been CLOSED for construction of the New Advanced Technology Center.
 
The lane will remain CLOSED through 2017.  Access into Student Parking Deck 1 is still OPEN.  The exit from Student Parking Deck 1 onto Charlottetowne Avenue is CLOSED for construction.  Exit onto 4th Street.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Student Commons Area Closed for Construction Jan. 29 – 31

As part of the new restaurant construction in Overcash Center on Central Campus, Facilities Services will be replacing a portion of the floor tile in the Studnet Commons area.

To allow the contractor sufficient time and access to complete the work, CPCC will be closing the Commons area Jan. 29 – 31.

Construction in the Library

Pardon our mess! There is currently construction going on at the Central Campus library on the second floor. The library classroom is being expanded in order to provide better library instruction services to our

The North Carolina Tax-Free Weekend holiday begins Friday, August 3rd

students. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of February/beginning of March. So, please excuse the noise and mess until then!

 

Student Parking Deck #3 to Close April 11

On Saturday, April 11, Student Parking Deck #3 (located at the corner of Charlottetowne Ave. and E. 7th St.) will be closed until around 5 p.m. for maintenance related activities. Students should plan to park in Student Deck 1, ConstructionStudent Deck 2 or one of the surface lots. The deck will re-open in late afternoon and be available for any Sensoria related activities.

CityLYNX Gold Line Update

Improvements continue to be made to the CityLYNX Gold Line, the City of Charlotte’s street car project. Construction crews have energized the overhead catenary system, which provides electricity to power the streetcar through a pantograph at the top of the railcar.
While power will be supplied overhead to the streetcar, the rails in the street will not be energized. Citizens can continue to drive, walk and bike across the city’s streets as normal.
The CityLYNX Gold Line is scheduled to begin passenger service by summer 2015.