The Rockingham Youth Development Center Project is a 42,000-square-foot youth development center located in Reidsville in Rockingham County.  The facility was constructed by the NCDAC Construction Apprenticeship Program (CAP) for the NC Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to house juvenile offenders while focusing on their rehabilitation by providing both educational and vocational training services.  NCDAC/NCDPS Central Engineering managed the construction of the Center throughout the entire project that began in January 2021 and was completed in February 2024.

Artist's rendering of Rockingham Youth Development Center entrance

The Construction Apprenticeship Program completed the project with significant savings to DPS, positively impacted the local economy, and provided significant apprenticeship hours that resulted in 15 offenders completing their Journeyman Apprenticeships under CAP mentors.


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Financial Savings

  • NC Legislative Capital Funding Provided = $22,386,100.00
  • First CM @ Risk Contractor Estimate =  $27,257,802.00
  • Second CM @ Risk Estimate = $30,093,784.00
  • Central Engineering / CAP Estimate = $18,747,492.00
  • CE / CAP Savings =  $3,638,608.00 (Below Fund Allocation) $8,510,310.00 (Below Lowest CM @ Risk)

Worker Statistics

  • Averaged 15 CAP mentors
  • Averaged 85 incarcerated offenders working over length of the project.
  • CAP mentors and incarcerated offenders typically worked 4 – 10-hour days.
  • Length of the Project = 3 years (January 2021 to February 2024)
  • Total Man Hours = 576,000
  • Total Number of Journeyman Apprenticeships Completed by Incarcerated Individuals = 15

Economic Benefits

  • Approximately $13,800,000.00 spent with NC vendors
  • Approximately $2,600,000.00 spent with Certified NC HUB vendors
  • Approximately $1,047,000.00 spent with Rockingham County / city of Reidsville businesses
  • Over $600,000 of the above $1 million spent with the Holiday Inn Express in Reidsville
  • Approximately $900,000.00 spent with city of Greensboro businesses

For more information, contact Mark Johnson, PE, Director of NCDAC Central Engineering, at

About the NCDAC’s Central Engineering Apprenticeship Program

The Central Engineering Construction Apprenticeship Program (CAP) is an internal NCDAC group that provides new construction, renovation, and major maintenance services for NCDAC’s physical plant. CAP employs 55 fulltime staff with experience in areas such as engineering, construction management, concrete, masonry, carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and electronics.  CAP provides offenders with opportunities to train in the carpentry, masonry, concrete, welding, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and electronic vocational trades. CAP mentors are skilled in the general, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical construction trades and provide fulltime supervision and training of the offenders working on site.

CAP is a certified Engineering Construction Trades Apprenticeship Program with oversight by NC Community Colleges and the US Department of Labor.  All qualifying incarcerated individuals are offered the opportunity to enroll in one of the Engineering Construction Trade Apprenticeships offered by CAP and – once accepted – they are required to complete 480 hours of coursework and 6,000 hours of on-the-job training experience. Once completed, offenders are awarded a Journeyman Certificate specific to the area of apprenticeship trade completed.  Visit the CAP website to learn more.