North Alabama Homebuilding Academy Achieves Important Milestone

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The North Alabama Homebuilding Academy has reached an important milestone. In two years, more than 200 students have graduated from the free educational program.

The need for people with skilled trades has reached an all-time high in our region, all while there are labor and housing shortages.

So, to help mitigate the impact, in January 2020, NAHA began offering free hands-on training to those who wanted to start a career in the homebuilding industry.

Students are trained in a wide variety of trades, carpentry, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing.

NAHA administrator Tommy Davis said it was the lack of individuals joining the workforce that really made them think something needed to be done.

“The average age of a person working in these trades in the state of Alabama was 57.” For every five people who would retire, one would fill that need, Davis told News 19.

Once the local delegation in Alabama was on board, it became a reality.

“This school was created by the industry, of the industry and for the industry. This school pays for itself because the money we receive comes from an authorization process. So as a contractor, when I go to buy a permit, in the city of Huntsville, or the city of Madison, or the county of Madison, there’s a fee for that permit cost and that money goes directly here to fund this operation,” Davis said.

Davis said anyone can apply, regardless of skill level. He says they will teach them the basic skills and involve them in the craft.

For students to be eligible to attend NAHA classes, they must be 17 years old, pass a drug screen, and be legally eligible to work in the United States.

Anyone interested in becoming a student should call (256) 936-1800 or visit gobuildyourfuture.com


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