For the first time in its long and fabled history, the Carlos Rosario International Charter School (CRICS) is presenting a series of workshops, seminars and trainings related to construction. In collaboration with DC Metro Hispanic Contractors Association (MDCHCA), Turner Construction and the Latino Safety Professionals Association (LSP), DC's nationally acclaimed Adult Education Center with a large minority and Hispanic student population has agreed to host the following programs:
- On Tuesday evening, June 13th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, a two hour panel on "How to Succeed in Construction".
- This workshop will be followed in July by a ten hour OSHA training conducted on 4 evenings from July 24 thru 27, 6:30 to 9 pm. Space for this 4 part seminar is limited and costs $40. Successful attendance results in an OSHA certificate and increased opportunities for employment in the construction sector.
- Turner Construction is partnering with CRICS to produce a bi-lingual pilot program of its storied Construction Management Certificate program. This program will inaugurate on September 12 and will consist of 4 sessions, every Tuesday evening until October 3rd.
- The Rosario School together with MDCHCA have also committed to producing a Construction Expo in the Fall of 2017.
The "How to Succeed in Construction" Workshop will be led by 4 distinguished entrepreneurs in the field. MDCHCA President, Edwin Villegas, owner of Winmar Construction based in the District, will relate his experiences in building one of the most successful local Hispanic owned construction firms. Margarita Dilone, owner of Crystal Insurance and incoming Chair of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, will discuss the financial challenges of insuring and maintaining a small business in construction and Bryan Short, a lawyer from the Montgomery & Fazzone law firm who represents numerous general contractors will address the legal challenges of keeping a small construction business afloat. Rounding out this distinguished group is Jorge Otalora, President of the LSP Association.
The "Safety in Construction" Training will be conducted Monday through Thursday, July 24th to 27th, and will consist of 4 sessions 6:30 to 9 pm at the Rosario School. Classes will be conducted by Jorge Otalora and Jerry Rivera, leaders of the LSP Association. Jorge is a bilingual safety professional with over 14 years in the construction sector. He works for Hoar Construction in their recently opened DC division as Safety Director. He is currently a Member of ASSE(American Society of Safety Engineers), where he serves as Secretary of SPALW (Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce). He's also Vice Chair of the ABC-VA safety Council.
Turner Construction has celebrated their famed Construction Management Academy for over 24 years now. For the first time Turner will collaborate with the Rosario School and MDCHCA to create a four session pilot of their academy in a Bi-lingual format. Seminars will be conducted by Spanish speaking experts and construction concepts will be explained in both languages in this unique and challenging way. The seminars will cover basic concepts such as bonding ('fianza de garantia'), workman's compensation ('indemnización al trabajador') and sealed bids ('ofertas sellada'). The classes will be presented at various levels to appeal to small, beginning contractors as well as more advanced concepts for larger more well organized firms.
The final activity of this the first integrated construction training program created by the Rosario/Hispanic Contractors partnership is a 'Construction Expo'; a 6 hour business fair that includes live stage presentations, booths and workforce development information on the grounds of the Rosario School and with the participation of General Contractors, Construction Professionals and Workforce Development programs. It is designed to provide a showcase for our network of large and small firms as well as introducing those aspiring to a career in the construction industry a chance to see and meet important personalities in the local construction and job training sectors.