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The Construction Boom is Thunderous in the Sandhills

Originally published in the Pinehurst Gazette.

SCC Expands Courses and Programs for Employment in Construction

The construction industry is booming in the Sandhills in both the home sector and with commercial structures. Homeowners are remodeling and updating their current and newly purchased homes. Businesses are increasingly relocating to our area, existing companies are expanding, and new ones are being established. Employees with training and those who hold certifications in construction sectors are in higher local demand than ever before. Job opportunities are available, and this career has very positive career growth.

Sandhills Community College has unquestionably responded to the escalating need for construction training. Many short-term construction training courses will be offered through the Continuing Education/Workforce Development department beginning in mid-August. Course offerings will be Blueprint Reading and Estimating, Construction Project Management, Electrical Levels 1 and 2, HVAC 1 and 2, Plumbing Levels 1 and 2, Sprinkler Fitting Level 1, and Welding Levels 1 and 2. These classes will be held on the Pinehurst campus or in the new Breakthrough Construction Center at the Larry Caddell Training Center in Carthage.

Two new majors in construction will begin fall semester at Sandhills. Building Construction and Construction Management are associate degree programs that take about two years to complete. Building Construction will teach the technical knowledge and skills required for residential and commercial building construction and remodeling. Construction Management will prepare students to supervise, manage, and inspect construction sites, buildings, and associated facilities.

In 2021, the Engineering and Construction Technologies curriculum department began new Environmental Engineering Technology degree and certificate programs. An associate degree and a certificate is also offered in Architectural Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, and Geomatics (Surveying). Graduates of these programs generally secure employment either before or immediately upon graduation.

Local high school students can take construction classes at SCC when they are a junior and senior. Career Technical Pathways are available in Civil Engineering, Geomatics, Environmental Engineering, and Architectural Technologies. Pinecrest, Union Pines, and North Moore students can take through the Workforce Continuing Education Pathways Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, Welding, and Construction (North Moore only).

Those successfully completing four CCP classes qualify for the Sandhills Promise. This program offers two full years of classes immediately following high school graduation at no cost. For all information, go to: www.sandhills.edu/admissions/sandhills-promise.

Fall Semester

The 16-week curriculum/college credit semester and first eight-week session begin on August 15. The second eight-week session begins on October 12. Students can take a mix of full-semester classes alongside eight-week sessions.

Apply to attend SCC from the link at www.sandhills.edu and apply for financial aid if assistance is needed. To receive funds in hand to pay fall semester tuition, the FAFSA should be submitted by July 14. After that date, applications will still be accepted, but completion by July 14 assures that the FAFSA will be processed in time.

Continuing Education classes begin throughout the semester, with most skills and technical courses starting in August. Financial assistance is also available for these courses. Call 910.695.3980 for information or to register for classes.

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