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TCAT offers construction class
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Thinking about building houses and cashing in on the red-hot demand for skilled construction labor? Or maybe you want to build a house for yourself.


A new course in basic building trades at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-McMinnville will offer the essential training for newcomers and a strong boost in the competency of workers already in the construction business, TCAT officials say.


“They won’t be master carpenters but they’ll know how to build a house,” said Dr. Melody Edmonds, TCATMcMinnville president. “When they complete the course they’re going to make a lot more money.”


The 12-month, daytime course is an option for students with no experience in construction up to those who’ve been in the building trades for many years. The inaugural class started Jan. 4.


“They can expect to make a good living,” instructor Randy Richards said. “It’s an investment in the rest of their lives.”


Financial aid is available to most students, and the new TCAT Reconnect program may be especially helpful to students who have had previous training experiences and those who want to upgrade their status and earn official certificates attesting to their competencies. The program is offered in three trimester sessions.


Information on the new building trades course is available by calling TCAT at (931) 473-5587 or at the website, TCAT.McMinnville. Edu.