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The District of Columbia Housing Authority partnered with the New Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Project to offer training and possible jobs to DCHA customers through the project’s Construction Management Training Program.

Several of the program’s participants were recently onsite, learning about nuclear gauge testing, concrete, soils and aggregate testing, and so much more.

“The Construction Management Training Program in association with the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge project was such a fantastic opportunity for our customers. Taking the lessons they learned in the classroom to the job site is a great benefit to these apprentices and puts them in prime position for a new job,” said DCHA Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “At DCHA, we build housing, family, communities—and now empower others to build bridges.”

The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Replacement Project will replace the 68-year-old bridge and reconstruct the Suitland Parkway and I-295 interchange. This project will increase pedestrian and vehicular safety, improve multimodal transportation options, increase community accessibility, and support economic development on both sides of the Anacostia River.

A collaboration between the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), HNTB, and South Capitol Bridgebuilders, the Construction Management Training Program is a unique field service and classroom curriculum that provides accelerated instruction and opportunities to test for certifications in concrete, soils and aggregate compaction, as well as safety and flagging to minorities, women, and disadvantaged individuals interested in the highway construction industry. Participants receive classroom instruction, hands-on and onsite experience, mentoring, and the opportunity to shadow construction management professionals in the field.

Candidates were required to have a high school diploma, GED, or another test that proves they are proficient at a 10th grade level, good attendance in previous employment or training program, successfully completed a job readiness program, capable of getting to various locations in the area, and more.

Those participating received a stipend in two parts, one in the middle of the program after completing the ACI exam, a minimum qualification for the concrete construction industry, and the second after the student completes the Soils and Aggregate exam. In addition, participants received certifications in flagging, OSHA-10, and Nuclear Gauge Testing.

Once the participants pass their certification exams, they will have the opportunity to interview with one of the subcontractors on the project for full-time positions making up to $30 per hour with benefits.

The apprenticeship program has ended, but DCHA is planning another opportunity for interested candidates. For more information, please call the Frederick Douglass Community Center at (202) 321-2510.

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Last modified: 6/11/2019 4:10:08 PM