WASHINGTON — September 17, 2019 — The Greater Orlando Builders Association will host HBI Norbord Orlando Career Center’s graduation on September 18, 2019. Including this latest cohort, 53 students have graduated from the center since the first class began in December of 2018 with a current certification rate of 95 percent. The GOBA-hosted event signifies the warm reception the center and its students have received from the area building community—a critical education-to-employment pipeline for a region responding to a 2018 peak in homebuilding, as a result of more than a half million-resident population growth in the last decade.
HBI is a national nonprofit that provides training, curriculum and job placement services for the building industry. With overall program job placement rates at over 85 percent for graduates, HBI training programs are taught in local communities across the country to at-risk youth, veterans, transitioning military members, justice-involved youth and adults, and displaced workers. Visit www.hbi.org for more information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.
About Greater Orlando Builders Association
The Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA) is the authority, educator and promoter of the housing and building industry serving more than 700 members. Since 1953, GOBA has served the construction industry in Seminole, Orange and Osceola Counties including its cities. Our purpose is to represent and promote the building industry, encourage higher standard practices through education, monitor and take a proactive role in governmental and regulatory activities that impact the construction industry within Greater Orlando, as well as at the State and National levels. Our intention is to foster an environment within our association and within our neighborhoods to create opportunities for building relationships, businesses and communities while balancing economic, social and environmental needs of our members and the communities we serve.
Norbord Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of wood-based panels and the world’s largest producer of oriented strand board (OSB). In addition to OSB, Norbord manufactures particleboard, medium density fibreboard and related value-added products. Norbord has assets of approximately $1.9 billion and employs approximately 2,700 people at 17 plant locations in the United States, Canada and Europe. Norbord is a publicly traded company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “OSB.”