CPCC graduates first class of ‘Building with Our Veterans’ students

last modified Feb 28, 2017 08:32 AM

Five Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) students were recognized during the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissions meeting on Feb. 21 for completing the Building with Our Veterans pre-apprentice program with Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement. As a result of their accomplishments, the five students were hired by the county’s Land Use and Environmental Services Agency (LUESA).

The Building with Our Veterans program began in 2016 as a collaboration between the Veterans Services Division of Community Support Services, the Code Enforcement Division of LUESA and CPCC. It was created to help unemployed and under-employed veterans connect to sectors of the government that are lacking qualified, skilled candidates.

“Building with Our Veterans is focused on recruiting and training military veterans for jobs as code officials,” said Jill Lutz, executive director, skills initiative for CPCC. “The program gives our veterans the opportunity to use their military background in a new career field – Code Enforcement Inspection – while simultaneously finding sustainable employment and serving the community.”

This group of students marks the first graduating class of the program. They are: Richard Ballard of Charlotte; Stan Hale of Indian Trail, N.C.; Dwayne Heyward of Charlotte; Jack Hill of Belmont, N.C.; and Toyana McKinney of Kannapolis, N.C.

For the past year, these students worked as inspector trainees with the Code Enforcement Division of LUESA. The paid training consists of 999 hours, teaches students about code inspection regulations, helps them develop an understanding of construction sites. Upon successful completion of their coursework in December 2016, students earned the Building Code Inspector Certificate from the college and were eligible to apply for any available full-time positions with the Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement team in January 2017.

The next class of students training to be code inspectors will complete the program in Dec. 2017, and be eligible for employment in Jan. 2018. To learn more about the Building with Our Veterans program, visit http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/CommunitySupportServices/VeteransServices/Pages/Building-With-Our-Veterans.aspx