New Orleans Training Center Grand Opening

Scaffolding, form work, pile driving, interior systems, and welding are just some of the skills carpenters and millwrights will acquire and sharpen at the newly opened, $12.5 million Central South Carpenters Training Center just outside of New Orleans.

Apprenticeship and journeyman upgrade training at the Training Center focuses on the latest industry certifications as well as technologies, tools, installation methods, and safety. Leadership and productivity skills are also an important part of the training program.

The 38,000 square-foot facility includes nearly 23,000 square-feet of training space. It also is the main headquarters of the Central South Carpenters Regional Council, which covers Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Two locals - Central South Carpenters & Piledrivers Local 1846 and Southern States Millwrights Local 729 .

“This facility and our training is designed to support the local construction community, and help spark regional economic development,” said Jason Engels, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Central South Carpenters.

The Center is located at 2850 Massachusetts Avenue in Metairie, Louisiana.

The Council recently held a Grand Opening celebration and hosted more than 300 people. Central South staff welcomed community and economic development leaders, Southern District and UBC national officials, and elected officials to formally launch the Center. Guest speakers included Louisiana House of Representatives member, John Bel Edwards, who is also the leading candidate for Governor of Louisiana. UBC General President Doug McCarron also spoke, congratulating EST Engels and his Council for creating a first-class facility.

Guests also were given tours of the center, participated in hands-on demonstrations, and reviewed craft-specific mockups for skills needed immediately in the region, such as scaffolding, form work, and more.

Media Takes Notice

Check out these media clips surround the Grand Opening activities...

New Orleans Advocate

BIC Magazine

New Orleans City Business

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