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15,000 square feet with comprehensive $2,700,000 retrofit

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Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont is providing operational management for The ROC at the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center (GCSTC), a 15,000 sq. ft. warehouse located directly across from Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology (and walking distance to Harding High, and a short shuttle from West Meck)). The GCSTC is currently completing a $2,700,000 retrofit to become a state of the art construction-related training facility scheduled to open early January, 2019.

The CTE training programs offered to ROC Youth Apprentices at the GCSTC include advanced carpentry, electrical, HVAC, and architecture.  The facility is being retrofitted to create classrooms and labs all with state of the art industry specific equipment allowing instructors to work directly with students in an active learning environment. 

Notible features for this hands-on active learning facility include:

  • 3 labs including a large flex lab where Apprentices will build tiny homes

  • 3 “Smart” classrooms with large touch screen TVs

  • Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) technology

  • Building Information Models (BIM) software for construction planning and design

  • Laser Cutter, 3-D Printer, Flatbed Scanner and Plotter

  • Individual laptops for Apprentices

  • Latest industry lab equipment and materials

The lab sizes are approximately 1,000 SF each for closed labs, and a 4,400 SF large flex lab all with high-quality lighting, sound control, ventilation and multiple power drops.

The ROC enjoys a 21-year lease rent-free at the GCSTC for its high school teen program during the day hours.  Once stabilized, The ROC will serve 60 juniors and 60 seniors daily (120 total). In the evening, Goodwill and CPCC will utilize this renovated GCSTC to empower adults, including out-of-school youth, to realize family sustaining employment.  Adults will be provided the opportunity to enroll in the CPCC facilitated construction trade training programs during late afternoon and evening hours. The adults will be provided employment assistance and retention services once they complete the program. Once stabilized, approximately 150 adults will participate nightly in the construction training programs.

The ROC greets students at the front door with an inviting, professional facility.


Adaptable space, with one 4,400 SF flex lab and two 1,000 SF closed labs.

All labs are complete with high quality lighting, sound control, ventilation and multiple power drops and more.

Smart classrooms feature computer-aided design and drafting.

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