Marshville town manager Franklin Deese recently turned to South Piedmont Community College to discuss the new bypass and business opportunities with the Monroe-Union County EDC and to explore SPCC professional development classes to take.
He got much more than he ever expected.
During these two visits, Deese formed an idea that could help his town and provide a unique opportunity for students.
With Deese’s idea and the leadership of Dr. Maria Lander, dean of the SPCC School of Applied Science and Technology, the Construction Academy Internship was created. The program is focused on providing construction students enrolled at SPCC with a hands-on, paid internship in which they can gain experience and learn a variety of skills through renovating an existing building in Marshville.
“We’re not trying to get something for nothing,” said Deese. “I think in terms of partnership where all parties benefit. It’s win-win.”
Dr. Lander agrees.
“This type of partnership is really where the community college can make a difference in aiding the community,” said Lander.
Students enrolling in the Construction Academy class will have instruction coupled with hands-on work that includes demolition, framing, electrical, and plumbing. Full scholarships are available for students to aid in the cost of the classes, so for many students, they can take classes for free and gain valuable experience, while getting paid.
The old dry cleaners building has been selected for the renovation partnership. Although a decision has not been made as to what the building will be, it will likely serve the community in a multi-purpose fashion, including outfitting the building with data lines to allow for computers and internet connection.
Classes begin on January 11, with limited seating. To enroll, call 704-290-5223 or visit the website at www.spcc.edu.