Construye-DC: Latinos Thriving in Construction

Announcing a New Five-Month Pilot Initiative to Address Growth in Construction

The Carlos Rosario School is partnering with the Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Association (MDCHCA), Turner Construction, the Latino Safety Professionals Association (LSP) and the Department of Small and Local Business Development to address the growing needs in the construction industry. This five-month pilot initiative Construye-DC: Latinos Thriving in Construction, seeks to build the capacity of Latinos to thrive in the construction industry.

Below is a breakdown of events happening between June and November 2017. To sign up for a workshop or for more information contact Raul Medrano at 202-797-4700.

“How to Succeed in Construction” Panel
Tuesday, June 13, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Carlos Rosario School | Harvard Street Campus
Four entrepreneurs in the construction field will discuss topics such as leading a Hispanic owned construction firm, addressing financial challenges of insuring and maintaining a construction small business, and understanding the legal challenges of maintaining a small construction business.

Speakers: Edwin Villegas, MDCHCA President and Owner of Winmar Construction; Margarita Dilone, GWHCC Board of Directors Chair and Owner of Crystal Insurance; Bryan Short, Lawyer at Montgomery & Fazzone; and Jorge Otalora, President of the LSP Association.

“Safety in Construction” OSHA 10 Training
July 24-27, 6:30pm – 9pm
Carlos Rosario School | Harvard Street Campus
This Occupational Safety & Health Administration training provides an overview of hazards in a construction site and safety and health provisions. Students will receive a certificate at the conclusion of the training.

Instructors: Jorge Otalora and Jerry Rivera, leaders of the LSP Association.

Turner School of Construction Management
September 12-October 3, Weekly, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Carlos Rosario School | Harvard Street Campus
Turner Construction has been preparing leaders in the construction industry for more than 24 years. This four session bilingual (English/Spanish) pilot for their School of Construction Management will cover basic concepts such as bonding, workman’s compensation and sealed bids. Class content will appeal to small, beginning contractors as well as larger, more established firms who are interested in gaining work as a subcontractor. Students will receive a completion certificate at the end of this series.

Construction Expo
October 2017
Location TBD
The final activity of this integrated construction partnership is a Construction Expo, a business fair that will include live stage presentations, booths and workforce development information. It will showcase the DC Hispanic Contractors Association’s network of large and small firms, and will provide a chance to network with industry leaders in the local construction and job training sectors.