Several organizations partnered to bring construction job training to Southside residents.

Southside construction-ready training program graduating first class

The Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, The Construction Education Foundation of Georgia, HB NEXT and Worksource Georgia - Aerotropolis partnered to create a training program that will give area residents the skills they need to fill jobs in their local communities. The first 13 trainees will graduate from the program on Aug. 25 in the sanctuary of Impact Church.

The seven women and six men all live in the Aerotropolis region, and represent the cities of Atlanta, College Park, the city of South Fulton, Jonesboro, Riverdale, Morrow/Lake City, Union City and Forest Park.

The month-long construction training program, which provides trainees with skills and certification needed to begin careers in the construction industry, has been offered before in Gwinnett County and Westside Works, but this is the first time it has ever been offered anywhere on the south side of Atlanta.

“The Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance is proud to provide a proven job-training program for workers who will now be able to participate in the economic boom happening around the world’s busiest airport,” said Shelley Lamar, executive director of the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance.

Seven employers have signed on to interview the trainees as soon as they officially graduate.

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