Four partners plan $2.5M construction skills training center in west Charlotte.

A group of four Charlotte agencies believes it has a way to begin solving two of the Queen City's most pressing problems: the lack of economic mobility and a shortage of construction workers.

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Central Piedmont Community College and Rebuilding Opportunities in Construction (The ROC) are planning to spend $2.5 million to start the Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center in a former warehouse on the west side of Charlotte.

The Training Center could help Charlotte overcome its economic mobility problems, Edens adds. Charlotte could eventually become a “world-class city defined by opportunity” with the aid of such programs, he says.

Darren Ash of The ROC, speaking at the event, told those in attendance he has, in addition to the $500,000 check presented by Christ Church, commitments for $1.2 million of the $2.5 million needed to renovate the building. Elevation Church, the Gambrell Foundation, Charlotte Pipe & Foundry and other individuals, foundations and groups have also committed to donations.

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