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Code Academy

Mecklenburg County, NC
Program Year: 2020

In these recent years of economic recovery and building boom, code authorities have been hiring code officials as quickly as possible to keep up with the building industry’s demand for services. Building codes are highly detailed and always progressing in North Carolina, and design professionals and contractors struggle to keep up with these modifications, to say nothing of the code officials who review their work. A new workforce brings energy, but it also brings a steep learning curve, even for code officials as highly trained as those in North Carolina.Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement discovered that the traditional, more reactionary recession-era training previously provided for staff and customers was no longer a good fit and sought a better solution. The result is Code Academy, a curriculum-driven program for county code enforcement officials in four trades that allows for a deeper understanding of emergent issues. Along with its customer-focused sister program, Code Connections, Code Academy is an innovation in employee training.

Mr. Ebenezer Gujjarlapudi
Director, Land Use & Environmental Services Agency (LUESA)