Urban League of Central Carolinas

Friday, September 24, 2021

WhenApril 20, 2016
10:00 AM
WhereCharlotte Chamber of Commerce, 330 S. Tryon St.

Media Contact:

Maya Norvel

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Urban League, NCDOT, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Partners to Announce New Regional Highway Construction Academy

“New Highway Construction Academy is First of its Kind for Charlotte Region with Direct Job Placement”

Charlotte, NC – April 8, 2016 – The Urban League of Central Carolinas (ULCC) will host a news conference with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, N.C. Department of Transportation, and other partners to launch a new Highway Construction Academy.  The announcement will be made at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at the Charlotte Chamber building, 330 S Tryon Street.

The Academy is the first of its kind for the Charlotte region and will serve Mecklenburg and surrounding counties for opportunities on several highway and other construction projects in the area.  This Academy is part of a community-wide strategy to increase infrastructure projects and create opportunities for economic mobility.  Partners such as Central Piedmont Community College, Goodwill Industries, and others will be part of the effort.

The current job placement rates for similar academies under NCDOT in the state are as high as 87 percent, with wages above $13.75 per hour. 

“This is a new opportunity to provide economic mobility for our community and living wage jobs for families, while helping to develop our region’s infrastructure,” says Dr. Patrick Graham, President and CEO of the ULCC.  “These are jobs that will continue to increase as our region grows and all of our communities should have the opportunity to take advantage of these economic projects.  We will place emphasis on the inclusion of women and minorities.” 

 This free academy will begin on April 18 and continue throughout the year.  The Academy will focus on basic highway construction certifications and heavy equipment training, serving over 100 individuals in four cohorts during the year.  Due to the overwhelming demand, the NCDOT and ULCC are already discussing the expansion of the Academy to double the number of applicants to be served and placed in employment.

As part of the overall building of infrastructure and development of talent, Duke Energy is also sponsoring ($90,000) construction and skills training exam preparation and fiber optic certifications for entrance into energy and utility industries. This training will be implemented for adults and high school students as a way to develop a pipeline of future utility line technicians and management, with starting salaries above $50,000 per year for many individuals. Other companies such as Walmart ($100,000), Wells Fargo ($55,000), and new organizations are supporting the overall effort and will be presenting checks immediately after the news conference. 

About the Urban League of Central Carolinas (ULCC) - The ULCC was founded in 1978 to combat disparities in education and employment.  Today, the ULCC is a lead economic mobility agency providing education, workforce, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy training to low to moderate income communities for financial stability.  Last year it placed over 1,400 individuals in employment, who earned over $34 million in salaries.  

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