Quality Jobs

A man using a carpenters pencil

The Coalfield Development Corporation’s Quality Jobs initiative is structured on what we call the 33-6-3 model. Coalfield is a licensed general contractor that is involved in several types of construction in the community as well as deconstruction projects. The crew members who participate in QJI work for Coalfield doing hands-on construction work for 33 hours a week. Six hours a week are devoted to classes in which crew members attend a local community college for all general course classes and major course classes. Along with course work, local community colleges partner with Coalfield to give credit for certain on the job training activities that take place during the 33 hour portion of work. This enables crew member to essentially be full time students and give them the opportunity to complete a degree in two years’ time. Crew members also commit to fully participating in 3 hours of life skills training a week where they are challenged to learn about managing finances, culture, physical health, and other things necessary to live a quality life.

Housing Development Projects

Urlings General Store: Renovations to an old general store located in downtown Wayne that include the construction of office space for the housing authority as well as 5 apartments. Coalfield was the General Contractor for the construction work to this building and deconstructed areas that need updated. A surprising amount of material was able to be salvaged and resold in order to help fund further upgrades. Renovations on the rental portion of the building have been completed, with the commercial space soon to follow.

Twelvepole Valley Apartments: Rehabiliation of 12 rental units and new construction of 8 rental units located in the Spring Valley area of Wayne County.

Deconstruction Projects

Chase Street House: Deconstruction of a one story house in west Huntington. This project involved major trash removal in the early stages before any salvage could begin. Salvaged items included many oak joists, pine flooring, and a limited amount of scrap metal that was recycled. On this project, careful attention was given to recycle every material possible containing mainly hundreds of pounds of paper and cardboard.

A man sanding down a piece of wood

Durbin House: Deconstruction of a two story house located in Durbin, WV to clear a site for future new Habitat home builds. The house was mainly built out of softwood, but a large quantity of lumber was able to be resold or reused.

Marshall Warehouses: Select deconstruction on two warehouse building located near the campus of Marshall University in order to salvage tongue and groove flooring, and more than 10,000 board feet of hemlock joists was removed from the building. This along with a large amount of wormy chestnut provided great opportunities to make furniture.

Corbin: Select deconstruction of an old textile manufacturing building, Corbin, located in the west end of Huntington. Lots of cleanup had to be done in order to make decisions on whether to further deconstruct the building, but Coalfield was able to salvage over 10,000 square feet of flooring and many joists are available to be removed.

Community Collaboration Projects

Habitat for Humanity House (Dunlow): Crew members lead the way in the early construction stages of A Habitat house in Dunlow, WV. With the help of out of town volunteers from Shepherdstown, WV the house was dried-in with roof and all exterior framing complete in only one week. Management from Coalfield was even able to step in on this project to help make this a true community effort. Hugh Roberts, the building construction instructor at Tolsia High School, headed up the week and lead many familiar faces from Coalfield crews.

Williamson Fire Department Building: Newer green technologies were to be on display in Williamson such as solar thermal hot water heating units as well as a large array of PV solar panels to help offset costs of electricity. Crew members were provided with hands on training for these installations and able to take part in this renewable energy effort.

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Quality Environmental Jobs Initiative Certificate Course

Training Schedule

October - November 2016


Williamson, WV
Williamson HUB
54 West 3rd Ave
Williamson, WV 25661

Oct 17-21  Asbestos Abatement (8:00am - 4:00pm)
Oct 24   HazCom (8:00am - 4:00pm)
Oct 25   Lead RRP (renovation, repair and painting) (8:00am - 4:00pm)
Oct 26-27  Clandestine Drug Lab Remediation (8:00am - 4:00pm)
Oct 28   Mold Abatement (8:00am - 4:00pm)
Nov 7-10  HAZWOPER (8:00am - 6:00pm)


Beckley, WV
St. Stephens Episcopal Church
200 Virginia Street
Beckley, WV 25801

Oct 18-19  Clandestine Drug Lab Remediation (8:00am - 4:00pm)
Oct 20   HazCom (8:00am - 4:00pm)
Oct 21   Mold Abatement (8:00am - 4:00pm)
Oct 24-27  HAZWOPER (8:00am - 6:00pm)

No prior experience required, all courses are open to the public and free of charge. Visit www.eventbrite.com and enter Quality Environmental Jobs Initiative in the search bar to find events and register.  You can also find us on FaceBook at Quality Environmental Jobs Initiative. 

Earn an additional certificate by becoming a Quality Environmental Jobs Initiative graduate by attending two courses listed above plus a 40 hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) course.

Training is provided by Coalfield Development through a grant from the US EPA. For more information, call Marilyn Wrenn at 304.437.2741 or Adam Warren at 304.236.3512