Haywood Community College’s Continuing Education Department recently held a graduation ceremony for students in the JobsNOW Fundamentals of Green Building Construction classes. Many of these students earned multiple credentials including, National Association of Home Builders Certified Green Professional, Certified Aging In-Place Specialist, and EPA RRP Lead Based Paint Certification. Each student learned the fundamentals of Green Building Construction including the materials and techniques used in building a certified green home.

The Fundamentals of Green Building Course consists of three components: classroom instruction on the fundamental theories, practices, and materials used in green building construction including the “Certified Green Professional Course” sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders; a Boots-on-the-Ground Work Site Training Lab which engages participants in hands-on construction site activities involving green building principles and concepts; and employability training to prepare participants to locate good jobs, success in securing a good job, and keeping the job, as well as an opportunity to earn a Career Readiness Certificate and learn Work Place Readiness skills.

The JobsNOW “12 in 6” Project allows students to complete classes in less than 6 months of time. JobsNOW is funded under the Workforce Investment Act through funds made available by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Development and the local Workforce Development Board.

For more information about the Fundamentals of Green Building Construction class, please contact Howard Tew, Project Coordinator for the NC Rural Mobilization Grant, at 627-4667.