A grant given to the Northwest Arkansas Community College is helping expand one of the fastest growing industries in our area and is keeping talented young people in Northwest Arkansas.
The Arkansas Department of Education recently renewed a $1 million grant to fund a construction management at NWACC that’s geared specifically towards high school students.
The original grant, rewarded in 2015, funded a mobile construction lab where students learn the basics of the trade.
Jerod Bradshaw, who runs the program, said the mobile lab also allows students to earn certifications necessary to work in the field.
Bradshaw said with the constant growth, Northwest Arkansas is in constant need of more construction professionals.
“What we’re trying to do is to let the kids know early on that this is a good career, that pays well, that is in extremely high demand so the kids don’t get the job and have to move to Dallas. They can stay right here with this job, make a good living, and they’re benefiting the local economy,” Bradshaw explained.
He said another goal of the program is to bring more women into the industry. He wants them to know not only are they welcome in the business but that they can also thrive in it.
The grant went into effect July 1 and will fund the program for the next two years.