Turner School of Construction Management Begins in Charlotte, NCby Greater Diversity News March 3, 2015
The 2015 Turner School of Construction Management (TSCM) will be hosted by the Urban League of Central Carolinas’ Inc. Turner developed an 8-week curriculum to provide management training and certification to potential subcontractors. Beginning on March 10 and running through April 28, the Turner School will provide educational opportunities to individuals and companies in the Greater Charlotte area who are looking to network and learn how to increase their business capacity.
Since 1969, the Turner School of Construction Management has strived to expand the opportunities available to growing businesses. Turner is partnering with the Urban League of Central Carolinas’ Inc. — The Urban League’s mission is to empower the community to attain financial stability and social justice in a global economy through education, training and placement. This course is designed to increase the prospects of growth for small, local contractors by teaching them how to successfully bid, propose to, and work with a company the size of Turner. The hope is for the TSCM to better prepare the subcontractor market to win and conduct work in the Charlotte, NC area.
Since its inception, the program has helped attendees build networks, form long-term business relationships, and establish successful joint ventures to win contracts with Turner and other industry leaders. “The Turner School provides us with a great opportunity to partner with clients and industry professionals to continue to grow the capacity of our emerging and minority owned businesses,” said Theresa Schroeder, regional Community Affairs Director of Turner Construction Company.
Turner has awarded more than $1 billion in contracts a year to minority-owned businesses for the past 10 years running and awarded over $1 billion to MBE contractors in 2014. Many graduates of the Turner School of Construction Management become eligible for and perform work on Turner projects and joint-ventures. At the Urban League of Central Carolinas our Continuum of Opportunity Model provides skills and certifications that economically and socially mobilize the people we serve. With collaborations like that with the Turner School of Construction Management, the organization hopes to increase its positive impact on our local economy.
Turner established TSCM to effectively give back to the community through the sharing of knowledge, promoting the empowerment of small businesses in the construction arena.
To register for the 2015 Turner School of Construction Management, please visit our event website at: http://turnerschoolcharlotte.eventbrite.com Registration ends March 2.
Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company. Founded in 1902, Turner first made its mark on the industry pioneering the use of steel-reinforced concrete for general building, which enabled the company to deliver safer, stronger, and more efficient buildings to clients. The company continues to embrace emerging technologies and offers an increasingly diverse set of services. With an annual construction volume of $9 billion, Turner is the largest builder in the United States, ranking first in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, a publicly traded company, and one of the world’s leading international construction service providers. For more information please visit http://www.turnerconstruction.com
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Urban League, a multi-service, non-profit agency, was incorporated November 6, 1978. It was the nation’s 116th affiliate of the National Urban League, the 31st in the South, and the 4th in the Carolinas.
After a year of fundraising and planning, the organization received its charter in May 1979. With a $50,000 annual budget and 150 members, the League began to actively study the myriad of problems experienced by minorities in employment, housing, education, health and other areas, and to develop programs aimed at solving those problems. The League was housed in an office at the First Union National Bank in downtown Charlotte.
In the summer of 1979, the League started one of its first projects – the search for poor and unemployed people to fill some 100 jobs in major Charlotte businesses. This project established the Urban League as the prime provider of services needed to supply jobs in the private industry under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) of 1978, and for the first time, the private sector became involved in hiring CETA-qualified workers on a permanent basis.
Two years later in 1981, the United Way recognized the League’s purpose and successes. The League became a United Way member and began to receive annual funding from the organization.
For more information please visit http://www.urbanleaguecc.org/ •