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SCC Announces Golden LEAF Foundation Award

Golden Leaf Logo, text that reads, "Increasing Economic Opportunity in North Carolina Since 1999."The Golden LEAF Foundation awarded Sandhills Community College a $680,000 grant to build a new facility providing students the opportunity to earn short-term training credentials for in-demand, high paying construction careers.

The 3,400 square foot facility will be built on the grounds of the Larry R. Caddell Public Safety Training Center in Carthage. Located on Niagara-Carthage Road, it will be a pre-engineered metal building housing two classrooms, two labs, and an open-air learning space. The completion date estimate is August 2021.

“As a result of this funding, we will be able to offer training in high demand construction careers with family sustainable wages in a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest tools trending in construction training,” said Andi Korte, vice president of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Sandhills Community College.

Additional support from The William L. and Josephine B. Weiss Foundation, The Palmer Foundation, American Red Cross, and the Sandhills Community College Foundation brings the total project budget to $1.16M. This will ensure that SCC provides the training to meet the needs of our local business partners.

Construction Careers at SCC

National credentials in HVAC, Carpentry, Construction Project Management, and Plumbing can be earned in these short-term training programs at Sandhills. Classes are open enrollment, meaning community members of all skill levels are encouraged to register and learn the skills necessary to fill the jobs in our community. Most classes can be completed in four to six months, with the majority being offered two to three nights a week.

“Community colleges are a critical partner in addressing the needs of local businesses and industry,” said Scott T. Hamilton, Golden LEAF President, Chief Executive Officer. “The Foundation is pleased to partner with Sandhills Community College’s efforts to establish a continuous pipeline of talent to meet industry demand for construction jobs in the Sandhills region.”

Because of the enormous generosity of our funding partners, the cost of these construction classes is waived, there is no cost to the student. High school students can also take classes through the Workforce Continuing Education Career and College Promise WCE CCP program in coordination with their high school. Classes are also fee waived, meet five days a week for one semester – one to two class periods each and students earn both high school and college credit/credentials along with Sandhills Promise credit – opportunity abounds.

“We have been looking for a proper space to offer construction training at Sandhills for quite some time. This is the perfect marriage of resources to provide a great space for the training,” said John Dempsey, president of Sandhills Community College.

Fall Semester Registration

Continuing Education classes start soon, register today. Faster training leading to careers in healthcare, manufacturing, construction, public safety, and more can be found in the Continuing Education section of the College’s website: sandhills.edu/continuing-education. Contact Sandy Perry at 910-695-3980 or perrys@sandhills.edu for additional information and to register.

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