By Ron Jones

SACRAMENTO (CBS 13) — California has more new construction jobs than any other state in the area, but there is a shortage of qualified workers.

The nonprofit, Northern California Construction Training, is making sure students measure up to the task.

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Sacramento native Kevin Hurdle couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

“Looking to make a career change,” said Hurdle.

Shortly after the economic and housing crisis of 2008, instructors say many of their power tools feel silent. Workers were forced to find new construction jobs or careers.

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According to the Associated General Contractors of America, California is doing better than any state in the union. More new construction jobs have been created between April of 2014 and April of 2015 in California — more than Texas, Florida and Washington state.

“I get contractors calling me saying we’re in need of people. We’re in need people,” said Nathan Demarce construction instructor.

Demas can’t get students through the program fast enough. The demand from contractors is overwhelming.

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“There’s a lot of companies that will call up and say, ‘Hey we need five guys. And as long as you’re doing everything you need to do here, you have no problem finding work,’” said Hurdle.