CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The American College of the Building Arts is rolling out a brand new program helping unskilled and under employed people.
They made the announcement at their new campus groundbreaking at the historic Trolley Barn building in downtown Charleston.
Charleston's Mayor Riley announced the new program Thursday at the building off Meeting Street.
It's expected to introduce basic training in carpentry, masonry, and plastering to people in search of a skilled job.
The plans for the new site have been in the works for about five years.
The $3.4 million renovation project is expected to transform the historic 1897 building into an art crafting venue.
"The College could ensure its future by expanding into a building with so much history relating to the purpose of the institution," Lt. General Colby Broadwater, President of the American College of the Building Arts, said in a press release.
So far the college has raise $2.75 million and is in active discussions to receive the remaining funding.
The school specializes in six craft trades including masonry, plaster, stone carving, carpentry, timber framing, and iron blacksmithing.
The expansion will impact not only the school, but help those in the community.
"There's a lot of growth in this area, and we have worked very closely with the residents of the East Side," Broadwater said. "We feel there is some energy for us, and for some of the people to study here."
ACBA already has two other campuses, one located at the Old District Jail on Magazine Street, as well as space on James Island.
Those two sites will be condensed to the Meeting Street site so students can operate under one roof.
Construction will begin in the coming months, with the hope to have it open by May next year.