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Trades Education

October is #CareersinConstruction Month!

The NRVHBA has created a Careers in Construction Month Video Series to raise awareness of the different paths in the construction industry, why you should look at it as a career and why education in the trades is so important.

 Part One:


 Part Two: What should people just starting out know about the trades?

Part Three: Being a part of building someone's home is one of the most rewarding aspects of a career in construction

Part Four: What can you do to help further trades education in our area?

A huge need exists for skilled workers in the residential construction industry and that need continues to increase as more people in the industry retire.


Browse the many options for trades education in the New River Valley and surrounding areas. You can start learning a skilled trade in high school and progress into learning at a local community college, university, or through an apprenticeship program. 

Construction trades school in Roanoke offering comprehensive programs for careers in construction and career advancement.

A program through Giles County Public Schools that offers two-year career tracks for career and technical education.

MCPS offers career and technical education courses in Carpentry and Cabinet Making. They also offer Welding and Precision Machinery programs. Visit their site to download their program of studies to see course descriptions.

NRCC offers trades license renewal programs in electrical, gas fitting, HVAC and plumbing. They also offer career studies certificates in Refrigeration/Air Conditioning and Welding.

Pulaski County Public Schools offers classes through the Home Builders Institute's Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training Program.

Virginia Tech offers a range of Bachelor's and Master's degrees in programs such as Building Construction (Myers-Lawson School of Construction), Landscape Architecture (School of Architecture and Design), and Landscape Horticulture and Design (School of Plant and Environmental Sciences).

Wythe County Technology Center:
A program through Wythe County Public Schools. They offer Building Trades I and II for grades 11 and 12 and Welding I and Welding II for grades 10, 11, and 12.

WCC offers many pathways in the technical trades including Solar Energy Technician, Machine Technologist, HVAC Technician, Electrician, Carpenter, Plumber, and Welding.

Virginia State Apprenticeship Program:
The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry's Registered Apprenticeship program is an employment training model that produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy, through a combination of on-the-job training and related technical instruction. Visit their site to learn more and find employers in our area.

Virginia Tech Trade Apprenceship Program:
The Virginia Tech Facilities Department offers an apprenticeship program to Facilities employees. The apprenticeship lasts 3-4 years depending on the program. Visit their site to learn more.
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