In May, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Birmingham Mayor William Bell helped officially open the 56,000-square-foot AIDT Alabama Workforce Training Center, a new facility where manufacturers, contractors and other high-demand industries can equip Alabama Workforce Training Centerstudents with the skills needed to fill jobs. Along with AIDT, the Birmingham Business Alliance, Manufacture Alabama, and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama helped make the center a reality. Initial construction training programs will cover safety, carpentry, sheet metal fabrication, electrical and iron working.

In Louisiana, the ABC New Orleans/Bayou Chapter broke ground on phase two of its training campus master plan expansion, which includes 18,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories and welding booths for its apprenticeship, craft training, safety and management education programs. The St. Rose, La., facility offers the potential to double the campus’ student enrollment.

In Pennsylvania, ABC’s Keystone Chapter broke ground on a $5.2 million, 20,000-square-foot expansion of its training facility in Mount Joy in anticipation of its apprenticeship program doubling from 220 apprentices in five trades to 435 in eight trades by 2019. More than 40 ABC member companies are donating labor or materials, reducing the chapter’s out-of-pocket project expenses to $3.8 million. The expansion, scheduled to wrap up this fall, will be followed by additional renovations completed in February 2015.