Enzweiller Building Institute opens enrollment for projects with Work Ready Skills Initiative


The Enzweiler Building Institute has opened its enrollment period for 2018-2019.

“This is an exciting year for our Building Institute. We are celebrating our 50th anniversary as we move forward with the construction projects related with the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative,” said Brian Miller, executive vice president of the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky, the trade organization that has operated the Institute since 1967.

“In conjunction with our workforce development partners in the region we have identified the need to fill over 46,500 jobs in the trades we teach in the next ten years. That represents the largest need for skilled construction tradespeople since immediately following World War II.

“Building Institute facility expansion will begin this year as we invest $1.2 million in construction and $470 thousand in equipment into our Boone County campus and $260 thousand in construction efforts and $294 thousand in equipment into a new Campbell County Campus shared between the Alexandria Elementary School and the Campbell County Area Technology Center.”

The Institute is part of the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative and is eager to increase capacity of construction skills training in a regional and collaborative approach the area has never experienced.

“Between our partners in public education and the industry-based education we have what we believe is am outstanding model for all career technical education,” Miller said.

Following are courses taught at the Enzweiler Building Institute, the number of years per course and the Cincinnati Mean Wage for those trades per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) (two year) $48,800

Carpentry (two year with one year option for experienced framers) $42,320

Masonry (two year) $42,320

Plumbing (two year) $50,060

Facilities Maintenance (two year) $40,940

Welding (one year) $39,070

Tuition begins at $2,025 per year and goes to $2,225 per year based upon the timeliness of full payment. There is a $250 additional fee for Welding and Carpentry and $100 for Facilities Maintenance. All new applicants pay a $50 non-refundable initial application fee. Employers are encouraged to hire entry level employees and sponsor them through the Institute to staff their workforce.

Students attend classes two night per week from 6-9pm. The program is a traditional earn-while-you-learn model. Job placement services are offered to enrolling students, but transportation is important to local employers. The school year runs form early September through early April and includes 156 hours of instruction, allowing for common school year breaks.

Some courses articulate with Gateway Community and Technical College; providing students with college credit upon graduation from the Institute and passage of licensure exams. The Enzweiler Building Institute accelerates careers for those students enrolled in licensed trades for Electric, HVAC and Plumbing. Students enrolled in these courses reduce their time required by the Commonwealth of Kentucky by two years for Electric and roughly one year for HVAC and Plumbing to take their licensure examination.

The Enzweiler Building Institute is a recognized education provider for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Veterans Affairs Administration. The Enzweiler Building Institute is the longest running continually operating private trade school in the Nation, operated by a Builders Association. The Institute has over 200 individuals enrolled in its course and class sizes are limited. Those interested are encouraged to decide as early as possible to ensure class placement. Class placement is considered guaranteed when tuition is paid in full otherwise available placements will be given to others who pay their tuition in full.

Operating since 1967 the Institute is located at the association’s Building Center at 2751 Circleport Drive Erlanger. For more information about the Enzweiler Building Institute contact Shawn Cox, Director of Professional Development at 859-331-9500 or by email at scox@BuildersNKY.com.

Visit their website. Tours and employer visits may be scheduled by appointment.


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