Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina is offering a training program that could help many people become commercial contractors. According to WSOC-TV, the school has received a $300,000 state grant that will be used to teach students the necessary skills to help them earn commercial construction jobs.
Wayne Brothers, a local construction firm, is assisting the school in the development of the training materials.
"Basically, a program like this isn't available in North Carolina or South Carolina," Wayne Brothers spokesperson Milton Chicas told the news source. "This is the first time a program like this has been delivered."
Tennessee residents may also find new commercial construction jobs available throughout the state. The Commercial Appeal reports that Tennessee ranked 12th in the country for growth in construction jobs between November 2011 and November 2012. Additionally, Tennessee construction firms increased their workforces by 3.4 percent during that time frame.
Associated General Contractors chief economist Ken Simonson said that Tennessee employers could see a strong upswing in hiring in 2013. He noted that several commercial construction firms have increased their spending and hiring over the past year, which is a positive sign for the industry going forward.
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