Goodwill Partnership

Center for Building and Construction Trades
Promising partnership established with goodwill

Built into the core values of Thomas Nelson Community College and Goodwill Industries

is a commitment to changing lives by meeting the educational and workforce training needs of our community and to building strong innovative partnerships that support the economic vitality of the region. In that effort, Thomas Nelson opened the Thomas Nelson Center for Building and Construction Trades (CBCT) at the Goodwill Retail Operations Center in Hampton.

“This public-private partnership provides job seekers with the workforce credentials they need to successfully compete for employment. The Center for Building and Construction Trades will create a pipeline of skilled and credentialed workers to contribute to a new, diversified Virginia economy,” stated Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade.

Thomas Nelson and Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia have partnered to deliver workforce training that leads to employment in well paying jobs for a portion of the Peninsula’s population that has historically been underemployed.

“The partnership between Thomas Nelson and Goodwill in establishing the Center for Building and Construction Trades creates a powerful alignment of our missions to see that all members of the community

have the training and support services that prepare them for good jobs that are in-demand in our region. We are both committed to seeing that all people advance as far as their abilities and aspirations will take them,” said John T. Dever, Thomas Nelson President.

Thomas Nelson offers short-term training to meet the expanding need for skilled workers in construction and building trades. Training at the Center takes place in a space replicating the real worksites of apartment and building maintenance, HVAC, and electrical systems.

The partnership between Thomas Nelson and Goodwill Industries allows students to benefit from the expertise of both partners, including services in career counseling, job search, GED applied instruction, adult career coaching, workplace soft skills, on-the-job-training grants, and services for mental health, family counseling, alcohol, and drug rehabilitation.

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