by Mark B. Moore, Director of Public Relations, Drake State Community & Technical College

The paid, eight-week skilled trades program provides valuable classroom and on-site training for entry-level jobs in construction

September 7, 2022 (Huntsville, AL.)— Meta and Holder Construction have partnered to bring Hardhat in Hand, Meta’s nationwide skilled trades training program, to Meta’s Huntsville Data Center. This paid, eight-week program focuses on recruiting new people to the construction trades and providing participants with fundamental knowledge rel-evant to all construction and skilled trade occupations. Hardhat in Hand is run in partnership with the Drake State Community and Technical College (Drake State) and United Way of Madison County.

“The Hardhat in Hand program is a hands-on opportunity to help people in the community acquire the skills they need for reliable, well-paying careers that help build the infrastructure of the future,” said Katie Comer, community development regional manager at Meta. “We’re grateful for the partnership with Holder Construction, Drake State and the United Way of Madison County to offer this unique training program and help participants launch a career in a high-demand field.”

Applications for the inaugural cohort of Hardhat in Hand are now being accepted through September 23, 2022. The program begins October 17 and the application can be found at this link. To receive further information, interested individuals can email

“Drake State believes in the power of partnerships to affect positive change in our community.” said Dr. Patricia G. Sims, President of Drake State Community and Technical College. “We are thrilled to join Meta and Holder Construction in bringing the Hardhat in Hand Program to North Alabama and creating a new pathway for people to learn highly-marketable construction skills. This onsite train- ing, integrating regular site walks and working real-time with key trade partners, will provide a huge advantage to residents who enroll in the program.