White-Spunner Construction on Wednesday will break ground on the Academy of Craft Training’s workforce development and commercial construction training facility in Mobile.
The 40,000-square-foot renovated warehouse will be a space for workforce development. And commercial construction training, specifically for 250 high-school juniors and seniors.
Local construction and trade professionals will interview 450 applicants for 250 spots at the academy, and those students will take classes pertaining to their interests and skills.
The National Center for Construction Education and Research provides curricula in building construction, electrical, welding and piping, interior and exterior finishes and HVAC, allowing students to earn high-school credits.
“The Academy of Craft Training will make a significant impact on students in Mobile and Baldwin counties,” said White-Spunner Construction’s COO, Jeff Carrico. “College isn’t the only option anymore – multimillion-dollar industries, including construction and manufacturing, are in need of educated, skilled trade workers.”
The Academy of Craft Training is a public/private partnership between the commercial construction industry and Alabama’s K-12 Career and Technical Education System. It is based in Birmingham and opened a Mobile branch in 2022.