The spring Building Futures program began Monday. A program of the Community services Agency (CSA), Building Futures began in 2007 to help DC residents in underserved communities learn entry level skills and certifications for careers in the union construction trades. The CSA runs four classes annually with approximately 20 students per class. Students are trained at the Plasterers and Cement Mason’s union, Local 891 facility in northeast where they will earn certifications in Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA 10), CPR and First Aid/AED, Flagger and Scaffold User. Students also receive case management support to help remove obstacles commonly faced by disadvantaged workers including issues surrounding child care, resume writing, math improvement and interviewing and presentation skills. “For Building Futures students, our program is a first step into a stable, rewarding pathway to good union work,” said Sylvia Casaro-Dietert, who coordinates the program.
- photo: Job Developer Consultant Tia Watkins provides a program overview on Day 1; report/photo by Matt Losak, CSA Asst. Exec. Dir.