DECATUR — As part of its ongoing commitment to develop workforce training options to people in its district, Richland Community College has created the Construction Training Program. William Ditty, the program’s coordinator, is excited to offer this new opportunity.
Ditty is a recent graduate of Richland Community College’s business program. He completed his internship in the Workforce Development Division during the Fall 2021 semester.
Prior to attending Richland, he spent almost 20 years in the Sheet Metal Workers Local 218 where he worked as a journeyman, shop foreman, field foreman, and superintendent.
“The meat of the program will give students the hands-on training in basic carpentry, electrical, plumbing, roofing, concrete forming, and much more to make the graduates more than ready for that entry-level construction job,” said Ditty. “[It] will lead to an awarding and fulfilling career.”
In addition, the training will include instruction in math skills for construction trades, OSHA 10 certification, and hand and power tool safety and usage. Additional skills include the reading of blueprints and scale ruler, and operations of forklift, scissor lift and telescopic boom lifts.
Students will also be taught trauma-informed essential skills such as communication, teamwork, dependability, resume writing help, and proper interviewing techniques.
Session information for the Richland Construction Training Program
Anyone interested in the program will need to attend one of four orientation sessions. The first and second sessions will be on Wednesday, Apr. 6 with sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The third and final sessions will then be on Thursday, Apr. 7 with sessions at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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