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Retired Veteran Rebuilds Career With Goodwill Construction Program
Retired Veteran Rebuilds Career With Goodwill Construction Program


Construction & Weatherization Training

Goodwill 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.

What You’ll Learn

  • Construction safety
  • Hands-on use of hand and power tools
  • Reading blueprints
  • Basic rigging
  • Construction math
  • Employability skills and more

What You’ll Receive

  • Students receive a stipend of $100 per week while in the program
  • NCCER certification
  • OSHA 10 certification
  • Job placement services upon completion
  • Participants must register as a Goodwill Client and be on a free service plan with a Career Coach.

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Not Just A Job: Retired Veteran Rebuilds Career with Goodwill Construction Program

Sgt. 1st Class Sucrontay Stanley had plenty of work experience, though none of it was in construction. During 22 years in the military, her jobs ranged from human resources to medical lab tech to assisting soldiers and their families after injury, illness or death.

“I guess you could say I was reconstructing people,” she says.

But in April of 2020, Sucrontay found her own life in need of some reconstruction. After a successful career with both the U.S. Navy and Army, she was retiring. The 43-year-old dreamed of becoming a safety inspector for businesses, having often performed safety oversight tasks in the Army. But moving into the private sector can be daunting for a soldier so long accustomed to military life.