Goodwill, in partnership with Lowe’s, offers a Construction and Weatherization Training Program designed to help participants acquire the skills and knowledge needed to embark on rewarding careers in residential or industrial construction or related fields. Participants attend classes four days per week for four weeks at Goodwill’s facility at 7237 Cockrill Bend Boulevard in West Nashville. Three hours of each day are spent in the classroom, and three are spent in the workshop. The course covers safety, construction math, hand and power tools, blueprints, rigging, weatherization, communication, forklift operation, employability skills and more. Graduates receive certification from the National Center for Construction, Education and Research (NCCER) and an OSHA 10 safety certification.
Anthony Fanning, a married father of six, got out of prison in 2014. After spending months trying to find a job while his wife supported the family, he came to Goodwill Career Solutions seeking help. He attended a job fair, took a computer class and received other services. Then, he completed Goodwill’s Construction and Weatherization Training Program, a four-week course that provides instruction in safety, use of power tools, blueprints and more. Anthony formed a bond with the program’s instructor, Tim Kahn. In February of 2015 — with Kahn’s help — Anthony founded his own home repair service. In May of this year, Anthony embraced another opportunity: He is now a trainer working with students in the construction program to help them find success as he did.