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Goodwill gets $1.5M to train hard-to-place workers for green construction employment
By Caitlin Coakley CHARLOTTE — Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont (GISP) will use a $1.5 million federal grant to train people with disabilities, ex-convicts and the chronically unemployed for green construction jobs. The funds are part of a $7.3 million grant, announced last Friday by U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Over the next two years, GISP will offer five training classes annually, with 30 students in each class. The goal is to help participants find entry-level construction jobs, such as window preparation and heating and ventilation work. “We are constantly looking at, what are the jobs that are going to be hiring in the future,” GISP’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications Bo Hussey said. “Green construction, specifically, is an area that we’ve been told is going to be hiring as we move forward.”