Miami-Dade County residents, particularly those from Overtown and Liberty City, are getting a crash course in the construction trade industry courtesy of Miami Worldcenter and partners.
An inaugural class of 14 students recently graduated from a TRAMCON program offered by Miami Dade College, where students received training in the construction and manufacturing fields.
Miami Worldcenter — a 27-acre, mixed-use project, which recently broke ground and will be under construction over the next several years — has partnered with Coastal-Tishman, the South East Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA), TRAMCON, and The Development Firm to provide residents an educational program and work opportunities.
Classes began July 25 with the inaugural class of 14 students graduating on Oct. 17 with certifications in four different areas: a 72-hour core construction class; OSHA 10 Card; OSHA 30 Card; and a concrete construction and finishing certificate.
“Our goal is to play a small part in addressing the huge construction need for laborers, by empowering local community residents with abilities that will serve them for a lifetime,” said Nitin Motawni, managing principal of Miami Worldcenter. “By bridging the divide between residents, developers and contractors thru this TRAMCON program offered by Miami Dade College, the students will have the opportunity to receive broad training in the construction and manufacturing fields.”
Miami Worldcenter is expected to employ thousands of workers throughout the life of the project, transforming the downtown area.
Clarence E. Woods, executive director of the SEOPW CRA, said the community redevelopment agency is “grateful for the partnership.”
“The goal of the Overtown CRA is to incentivize private investment in the Overtown and Park West neighborhoods in an effort to eliminate slum and blight while improving the quality of life for our residents. This partnership will accomplish both goals,” Woods said. “Residents have been guaranteed not only the necessary training to improve their skills but, most importantly jobs.”
Added James Scarpace, executive vice president of Coastal-Tishman: “Our company is committed to educate and employ the citizens directly influenced by this project. This will set the precedent for the classes we have committed to in order to fill the ever growing need for construction labor in the South Florida region.”