Jobs Are Available for Construction Program Graduates

"Construction Technology offers countless opportunities for employment and promotion, and the opportunities to own your own firm are better in construction than any other industry,” said Chuck Lanthorn, ACTC Associate Professor and Construction Program Coordinator.  

In 2012, carpenters in the tri-state area earned a median hourly wage of $18.40, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and construction jobs are projected to increase approximately 20 percent from 2010 to 2020.

ACTC's program covers residential and light commercial construction applications.  Residential construction involves the construction and renovation of homes and apartments. Commercial construction involves the projects such as office buildings, schools, hospitals and shopping malls.

“I came to the program because I had a carpentry class in high school and loved it,” said William “Cody” Diamond, a Louisa resident and 2013 Lawrence County High School graduate.  “I had visited ACTC during SkillsUSA competitions and decided this would be a good place to start my career.”

“I really enjoy the classes.  It’s hands-on learning, and you learn something new every day. Not everything is computers, and there’s always going to be need for people who can build things with their hands.”

He plans to work for a contractor for about 10 years and then he wants to become a carpentry teacher. “I’ve had good instructors who really wanted to help me learn, and I’d like to do that for others someday once I learn everything I can in the field,” Diamond said.  “

Diamond is getting an Associate Degree in order to be more prepared for a future teaching career, but diplomas and certificates are also offered for those who want to focus on construction jobs.

Classes include blueprint reading, building site layout procedures, foundation systems, light framing construction methods, energy efficient construction, exterior and interior finish systems, concrete forming systems and construction safety.

“In addition to skills that prepare them to start on the job, graduates could receive up to two years credit in an apprenticeship program,” Lanthorn said.

For details on spring classes, email: charles.lanthorn@kctcs.edu or call 606.326.2474 after January 5.