PUBLISHED: 4:52 PM on Wednesday, November 22, 2006
The Vocational Training and Resource Center takes on carpentry
Building up trained workers in the carpentry field is the aim of the Vocation Training Resource Center as it looks to launch a program in conjunction with the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

The NCCER is a nonprofit education foundation created to help address the workforce shortage facing the construction industry.

Certified instructor Elias Duran said the nationally recognized program offers standardized training that is recognized across the country.

"It the only program where an employer can look at your certification and know exactly what skills you can perform wherever you go. It's credit for knowledge," Duran said. "Having this training will plant a seed prepare Juneau and serve students all over the southeast."

VTRC director Archie Cavanaugh said Central Council is investing in starting the program to provide trained workers for Southeast Alaska.

"We are taking a leadership role and taking it upon ourselves to see that there is a new generation of trained workers in the construction field," Cavanaugh said. "We want to work together to provide opportunity for the younger generation."

Duran said starting the program would help to build partnerships not only to provide workers for the pipeline but also for the high-growth industry.

"It's projected that the pipeline will go through 1,000 workers per year for the next 10 years," Duran said. "We've got to get them on board now, and give them a heads up so they'll be ready."