For Immediate Release




Del Pool, Building Trades Technology Instructor, left, assists DCC student Howard Crews. Delando Culley staples baffles in a Habitat for Humanity House.

DANVILLE, VA, July 16, 2009 – Now is the time to prepare for a career in the Building Trades and Danville Community College is responding by offering a Building Trades Technology program that can be completed in three semesters. Del Pool of Halifax, a general contractor with more than 30 years experience, is the instructor and head of the new program. He says he hopes to have the first group of graduates later this year.

“We added the Building Trades Technology program last year in response to local needs – to have a fast-track training program and to provide very useful skills,? Pool says. “This program is for students just out of high school or other adults, as well as males and females. There are a lot of opportunities.?

In the meantime, Pool is excited to participate in a free summer campus for high school students interested in the building trades. “Carpenter’s Junction? will be offered August 10-13, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., in EIT Building on DCC’s main campus. Sponsored by DCC and the Southern Piedmont Career Pathways Consortium, the camp (for students in grades 9-12) will provide an opportunity to assist in the construction of a Habitat for Humanity house. Contact the College at 434.797.8520 by August 1 to register for the camp.

Pool cites three reasons why the Building Trades Technology program is a good career choice:
1. The construction industry will need more than one million skilled workers by 2016.
2. Construction is one of the nation’s largest employers—employing more than 7.7 million people.
3. Earnings in construction are higher than the average for all other industries.
The 49-credit program is designed to help entry-level employees in construction-related trades obtain job specific knowledge and skills. While the program gives a general foundation in residential construction with an emphasis on carpentry, students will also receive an introduction to plumbing, electrical, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), and masonry skills.

“There will always be cycles in the construction industry,? Pools adds. “But even if new construction slows in this economy you will still have people remodeling and adding on to their homes. Also, there will always be repair work for persons with the trades skills.?

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for entry-level jobs such as:
•Employee for a contractor in a building trades field
•Self employment
•Salesperson for building supply companies
•Estimator for contractors or building supply companies
•Foreman for contractors
•Safety manager
•General contractor

In addition, Pool says, with the Building Trades Technology Certificate in hand, plus one year of study and two years experience, graduates are eligible for a Class C contractor’s license.

The DCC students are getting plenty of opportunities for on-the-job training. So far, they have built two storage buildings on the DCC main campus and help frame several houses. They also work on Habitat for Humanity homes in the area.

“Their on-site projects provides the most experiences for the students. They spend 15 hours in a “lab? or on-the-job. To them it’s just like a real job in that they work from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.,? Pool says.

Pool adds the students are also looking for other community projects such as simple storage sheds, provided the owner purchase the materials and arrange to haul the facility to their property.

“This provides real practice for the students. We build the storage units on the campus, but the homeowner has to arrange to move it,? he says.

Registration for the next class for the Building Trades Technology program is underway now. Fall Semester classes begin the week of August 24. For more information, contact Del Pool at 434.797.8423, toll free: 800.560.4291, ext. 8423, or click here.

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