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The Home Depot Foundation Partners with Home Builders Institute to Expand Trades Training Program into High Schools

On September 24, 2019, as part of its effort to fill the growing skilled labor gap in the United States, The Home Depot Foundation announced it is partnering with the Home Builders Institute (HBI) to launch a youth trades training program. The effort is part of the Foundation’s $50 million commitment to train 20,000 skilled tradespeople. HBI students at a Home Depot Foundation classroom. Photo courtesy of The Home Depot. “Our goal is to offer… Read More

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College Granted HVAC Excellence Accreditation

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College in Huntsville, Alabama has been granted accreditation of their Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) program, by HVAC Excellence. Left to right: Robert Grissim, Director of Workforce Development; Lou Vendrell M.A. CMHE, (HVAC Excellence); back left Dr. Nicole Bell, Ed.D., Assistant Dean of Instruction; left front Lesley Shotts, Accreditation Liaison; Dr. James Crisp, Ph.D. (HVAC Excellence): front Dr. Patricia Sims, Ed.D., President; Casey… Read More

Alabama Power Smart Home Construction Begins with Groundbreaking in Mobile

By Beth Thomas Brett Real Estate, Robinson Development Company and Alabama Power are teaming up to bring the first Smart Neighborhood smart home to the Mobile area. Officials broke ground on the first Mobile-areaAlabama Power Smart Home development in Saraland. (Mike Kittrell / Alabama NewsCenter) The home will be built in Saraland in the new Cherry Hill subdivision. The 2,710 square foot home will be equipped with advanced energy efficiency products and home automation… Read More

Inside Notes: The Magical Calico

By Curtis Parrott Contrary to popular belief, I do have a heart and somewhat of a soft side, especially for animals. It began at a very early age. I think I tried to rescue every stay cat in the neighborhood. I know I drove my mom and dad crazy. I’ve always loved cats with their mysterious nature and history. They never do what you expect them to do in certain situations. They can be… Read More
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