The founders of Carolina Construction School, LLC saw a gap in the market. While there were great jobs available in the construction industry, it was difficult to find the right people to fill the positions.
LCI-Lineberger founded Carolina Construction School in 2015, which grew from training developed in-house to meet their own company needs. Specializing in road paving, building site preparation, and hauling materials like stone and gravel, the company needed equipment operators and CDL drivers. Kim Lineberger, Owner and President, explained. “You hear about job-seekers”, she said, “but the flip side of that story is employers finding the right people for the jobs available. Operating heavy equipment or driving big trucks requires training, experience, and skill, but actual ability varies widely with applicants, regardless of what is on their resumes.”
Establishing this school makes standardization of training and skill levels available for everybody.
Carolina Construction School is focused on meeting the training needs for equipment operators, truck drivers and safety in today’s construction market using the latest technologies, experienced instructors, hands-on education and safety tools. Carolina Construction School aims to bridge the skills gap by training students for in-demand careers in the construction industry. Our heavy equipment operator courses also include skill level assessments to provide tangible solutions to businesses looking to hire ready-to-work employees.
Founder, Carolina Construction School
Owner,LCI-Lineberger Construction, Inc
As the founder of Carolina Construction School, Kim recognized a need for standardized skill sets and training for her own company, LCI-Lineberger Construction Company. After developing an in-house program for training employees, Kim recognized the need for an independently operated school to benefit the construction industry. Carolina Construction School is the result. With over two decades of construction experience, both as an engineer and as a business owner, Kim brings her real-world knowledge of hiring needs and construction skill set gaps to Carolina Construction School.
Kim has a BS in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and has volunteered her expertise to many boards and industry associations such as the Association of General Contractors, the Wachovia Small Business Advisory Board, and the SC Contractors Licensing Board. Kim is also proud to be a charter member of the Women President’s Organization of South Carolina.
Reid Baker has completed the NCCER Certified Instructor Training Program as a CORE Instructor for the National Center for Construction Education and Research. Reid’s background is focused on human resources management and organizational development. He has 35+ years of extensive experience to include as the director of human resources for a major textile yarn manufacturer. He also held various management positions with Springs Industries to include, production scheduling, customer service, and human resources for the company’s largest facilities. Most recently, he was part of the Catawba Workforce Investment Act team as the business services manager. He worked directly with regional companies to secure workforce training grants for training initiatives to develop new skills and train workers for new technology processes. Reid joined the Carolina Construction School faculty as the school’s administrator.