Valencia Launches Construction Training Program at Site of Future Downtown Campus

With more than $9 billion worth of construction projects planned for the Central Florida area over the next few years, the demand for skilled construction workers continues to grow along with career opportunities and the potential to earn high wages.

Valencia College and Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill will host an information session for Parramore residents and interested members of the community on a new 6-week construction training program being offered by Valencia starting January 29. The information session will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 18 at the Callahan Neighborhood Center, located at 101 N. Parramore Avenue, Orlando.

In this short-term training program, students will learn a variety of basic construction skills required for many entry-level positions in the field of building construction. The career opportunities are diverse – from heavy equipment operation to concrete to high-rise construction – with wages starting from $12 to $14 per hour. Upon completion, participants have the opportunity to earn several industry certifications and three college credits toward an Associate in Science degree in Building Construction Technology, should they choose to continue their educations.

Scholarships are available through CareerSource Central Florida and Valencia College Foundation.