NCTC offers new training program

Megan K. Jefferson | Nov 21, 2019

North Central Texas College (NCTC) has partnered with the Texas Workforce Commission to offer a new training program called NAIL, Navigating Apprenticeships in Industrial Learning. This program will train students for entry and advancement in the construction industry. This program will not only allow students to get the certifications and degrees required for employment, but will allow for excellent pay and an opportunity for a lifelong career. 

“By offering a program like this, NCTC adds another arrow to its quiver,” said Alan Uptergrove, NCTC’s Vocational Grant Coordinator. “This program will train participants with basic construction knowledge to enter almost any field of construction that they would like.”

As the demand for construction labor continues to grow, employers are actively seeking carpenters, electricians, HVAC technicians, plumbers, and more. From basic job-site safety, to understanding drawings and communicating with customers, NAIL helps students get the training they need to maximize their newly acquired skills.

For maximum convenience, NAIL is being offered on multiple NCTC campuses, including Bowie, Gainesville, Graham, and Corinth. Tuition is minimal since a Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor covers 80% of the total cost. Participants will only be required to pay the remaining $300.  The NCTC Foundation also offers an additional scholarship for any participant that may financial assistance.  Once the program is complete, NCTC’s Career Services will work with students to connect them with job opportunities within the field.

The NAIL program requires 145 hours of coursework over a 12-week period. “Part of the hours will be obtaining the OSHA 10 safety card, and CPR first aide certification,” said Uptergrove. “The industry requires employees to have a certain amount of safety education, so this is the first step to having those qualifications.” Participants who complete the course will also receive the NCCER wallet card. 

Classes are scheduled to start January 7th on the Corinth, Bowie and Gainesville campuses. Classes will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm.

You must be 18 years or older, a U.S. Citizen, or certified to work in the U.S., and if male, registered for U.S. Selective Service to apply.

Grant funds are available through December 31st, 2020, so apply today, and take the first steps to “building” a better you. 

For more information on the NAIL program, visit and fill out an interest card. You will be contacted directly to discuss your interest in the program. You can also contact Alan Uptergrove at or 940-498-6272.