The Community Services Agency’s Building Futures Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program was recently awarded two more grants to help District residents get and keep local construction jobs. "This is a fantastic time for women and men interested in construction," said CSA Executive Director Sonte DuCote. “Part of CSA's mission is to improve the lives of workers and help strengthen communities which is why we are very excited about both the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Grant ($200,000 over three years) and the Joshua Community Fund Grant ($40,000 for one year)." Both grants will provide students with enhanced case management, job readiness and the assistance they need to overcome barriers to success. “We consider it a privilege to train and prepare residents for family-sustaining jobs and apprenticeships,” said Building Futures Coordinator Sylvia Casaro-Dietert. While both of these grants serve District residents, Building Futures also has a program in Prince George's County, funded by the Department of Labor’s Women's Bureau, which works to get more women in the construction industry. Last week eight women graduated from the Prince George's County program and 18 graduated from the District program. Applications for the next class are being accepted now; contact Sylvia Casaro Dietert at 202-974-8223 or email her at[email protected].
- photo by Tia Watkins