Foundation Offers Full Scholarship in Floor Installation Trade at Technical College in Dalton

DALTON (WDEF) – A foundation funded by carpet industry titans is giving back in a very unique way in a first of its kind program that offers individuals training and certification in a much needed skill. Thursday was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the ten week Basic Floor Covering Installation Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Dalton. All students receive a full scholarship from the Floor Covering Education Foundation.

“What we were designed to do is to bring awareness to the career pathways in flooring installation, recruit new talent in the pipeline for flooring installers and then scholarship that education,” says the foundation’s executive director Jim Aaron.

Supported by Shaw, Mohawk, Engineered Floors and the World Floor Covering Association, the program is brand new and organizers hope to replicate around the county.

“Even schools like Kennesaw, they can’t guarantee you interviews or jobs after you graduate from there so to hear that not only are they kick starting this program and there’s a scholarship opportunity but the fact that they can hopefully by the end of it, get you an interview, that’s something that I’ve never heard another school going above and beyond to do for you,” says program student Wesley Ruiz.

“There is such a need, none of these individuals will have any trouble finding a job. There are flooring installation crews and flooring stores that are going to hire these guys immediately,” says Aaron.

The foundation says another class is beginning in May. Interested students should head on over to fcef.org.

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