Introduction to Construction

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The Introduction to Construction training is designed for individuals interested in learning entry-level construction skills.

This interactive 80-hour training is the first step on a potential career pathway in the high-demand construction industry. The training includes:

  • OSHA 10 safety training
  • Construction math principles and application
  • Introduction to hand and power tools
  • How to read and understand construction drawings
  • Introduction to rigging slings, hoists, hitches and other hardware
  • Procedures and techniques for proper material handling
  • Basic communication and employability skills

Students completing all modules of the training receive recognition from OSHA and NCCER and receive a certificate of completion.

The cost of the two-week training is $50. Upon successful completion of the training, as determined by the course instructor, the student will receive a $500 stipend. Students must be committed to attending all trainings and to the completion of all assignments and testing in order to qualify for the stipend at the conclusion of the training.

Training will take place on the SOWELA Technical Community College campus in Lake Charles. Training will begin on Monday, May 10, 2021 and conclude on Friday, May 21, 2021. Class will be from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday of both weeks.

Registration is open on a first-come, first serve basis to those that meet the qualifications for the training. A limited number of training seats are available so interested applicants should immediately contact the Office of Workforce Solutions by calling (337) 421-6560 or sending an email to Please include your interest in the Introduction to Construction training and include your full name, address, and mobile phone number in your email.

Student eligibility is based on the following criteria:
  1. Has not previously completed NCCER Core
  2. Has not previously completed Reboot training with SOWELA
  3. Must attend all 10 classes
  4. Must pay the $50 course fee