Wilmington’s CFCC launches new courses to fill construction workforce needs

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Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) will offer a two-week intensive-training institute this summer to help fulfill the entry-level workforce needs of the construction industry, according to Wilmington Biz.

The college has teamed up with members of the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) and other industry leaders to develop a detailed curriculum to help provide specific skills, and training for entry-level employees.

The Construction Institute will provide students with basic skills for the industry through four different courses in the fields of masonry, carpentry, plumbing and heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC), according to Josh Davis, customized training and workforce development director at CFCC.

The cost for per course is $185.

Courses will include entry-level skills such as safety, measurement, construction math, drafting work, and will instruct students on how to use power and hand tools.

Students will receive hands-on training and get real-world experience in their respective fields of study. At the end of their courses, students will get a certificate from the college. A two-week course for each of the four different trades will run concurrently June 18-29, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The National Association of Home Builders estimates that 10,000 workers are needed statewide every year in residential construction.

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