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Construction training program helps the unemployed land jobs

Wanda Rosado never imagined she'd end up wearing a hard hat. "I started my career here in NC as a case manager in the mental health field," Rosado said.

Now unemployed, she needs work. A perfect fit for a company who needs qualified workers.

Wayne Brothers Inc., a Kannapolis-based company, says they have openings but can't find qualified workers. So they've teamed up with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to offer a program that teaches commercial construction basics.

The program is wrapping up this week in Charlotte. Students have spent almost 3 weeks learning the ins and outs of commercial building. From safety concepts, to crane operations, training director Milton Chicas says he has no doubt this group will succeed.

"They have the tools, the have the knowledge, they have the skills and I'm very positive and sure they have the motivation needed to do this work."

After completing the class, the group will have OSHA certification, and other recognitions that make them more valuable to employers, and to themselves.

"What this means for my future I'm hoping my boys will be proud of mom where mom has learned a skill that I can actually pass on to my boys," Rosado said.

Wayne Brothers has said they will be considering applications from students who graduate from their training program.

Anyone interested in learning more about the program can call the college's R-3 center in Kannapolis at 704-216-7201 or log on to 

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