CHICAGO, IL -The Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) Scholarship Foundation in conjunction with the Institute for Workforce Education at St. Augustine College announced at a Press Conference on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 the beginning of a six-month FREE Contractor Training Program. The program aims to instruct 200 small business contractors throughout the Chicagoland area and provide career advancement to minority individuals working in the construction and contracting industries.
“This training provides not only Hispanics, but other small contractors that competitive advantage to run their day-to-day businesses,” said Jorge Perez, Executive Director of HACIA, during the press conference.
The program offers applicants the opportunity to gain critical management skills and certification that will help strengthen, grow and expand their careers and businesses. Program components include receiving an OSHA 10 or 30 certification, EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) certification, a preparation course to take the LEED Accredited Green Associate Exam, along with Project Management, Technology and Estimating courses.
“As a new business owner, I had many questions about how to grow my business. When I enrolled in the program, it was an opportune time to learn a lot about the different moguls the program offered,” said Margaret Ceja, an alumnus of the program and President of Ideal Fitness Solutions, a company that provides assistance for commercial/residential clients in maintaining fitness centers.
After Ceja took the training courses, she was able to grow her company and work with clients such as City Colleges of Chicago and F.H. Paschen.
President of St. Augustine College, Dr. Andrew C. Sund, is excited to continue the program’s partnership with HACIA to provide customize training for those in the construction industry.
“Working together with HACIA to create a curriculum that truly meets the needs of the construction sector, we can help gain them the skills that are going to make their businesses more profitable and successful. This is the kind of work we are very proud of.”
Adam Pollet, Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, program partner of the Contractor Training Program, said the state wants to make sure all contractors, especially in the minority community, get the opportunity to win bids in both private and public sectors.
“We want to make these businesses grow,” Pollet said. “Governor Pat Quinn stands strong with HACIA and St. Augustine and we are going to continue to make this investment.”
Classes for the Fall/Winter cohort will begin on Monday, November 3rd. Applications will be accepted until Monday, October 27th and on a rolling basis for future cohorts. Classes will take place at the Institute of Workforce Education campus on 2545. W Diversey. For more information and how to apply, please visit www.haciaworks.org/ctp or call our offices at 1-888-979-3773.
The HACIA Scholarship Foundation (HACIASF) is a non-profit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to provide on-going training and educational services to businesses and their employees in the construction related industry. HACIASF strives to promote awareness of professional career opportunities and continues to raise the bar in its goal to promote the future leaders in the fields of technology, architecture, engineering, construction & professional services industries. HACIASF believes all qualified construction business should have equal access to opportunities and education in their industry. HACIASF also joins the effort to build diversity in the construction world and advocates public policy that formally outlines the rights and responsibilities of minority firms in the Chicago land are