On Thursday, July 28, Meta, Holder Construction, and local trade partners celebrated the second “Hardhat in Hand” graduating class along with Senator Brian Strickland.
Hardhat in Hand is an eight-week, hands-on training program aimed at expanding the local skilled trades talent pipeline, increase diversity in the construction industry, and provide a path to reliable, well-paid job opportunities in the Meta data center communities. The class had 12 participants, who are recent high school graduates from local school systems, successfully complete the program. These graduates have been hired full-time to start working to build the site.
Hardhat in Hand provided the participants with fundamental knowledge relevant to all construction trade occupations and the opportunity to earn essential construction certifications. Trade and education partners supporting the program included Construction Ready (classroom instruction), Holder Construction, Anning-Johnson Company, Critical Power Partners, and McKenney’s Inc.
“Meta has been committed to this community ever since we broke ground on the Newton Data Center in 2018 and have a key focus in supporting career pathways for Georgians,” said a statement from Meta. “We are excited to celebrate our second cohort of graduates. A special thanks to our many community partners who made this program possible.”