Construction + Design Institute, Community-Based Program

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Construction + Design Institute
Empower your construction + design career or business.

Photo Credit: Megan Cooper

Institute Summary

Since 2018, the Construction + Design Institute has provided emerging construction + design professionals and entrepreneurs with an intentional and inspirational learning environment that promotes an “I Got This” mindset. Students enter the Institute ready to take advantage of career and business development coaching and mentorship that helps advance their career within an existing company or scale their business to the next level.

Institute Details

Focus Areas

Workforce Development

We educate members of the community about career opportunities within the construction industry, about union apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs and the enrollment and direct hire processes and serve as a liaison between trade unions and career candidates. As the liaison we communicate with union representatives to recommend career candidates then follow-up until individuals secure employment on a construction site.

Business Development

We work with small construction companies that are led by women or people of color to assist general contractors and property management construction sites with increasing the number of M/WBE subcontractors working their sites and to help business owners learn about the certification process, provide information about subcontracting opportunities and connect company representatives with certification specialists who help with the completion of the M/WBE certification.

Click here to see qualifications for the M/WBE certification on the NYS Empire State Development website.

Community Engagement

We welcome invitations by community-based organization representatives to educate your clients, students or members through a 30-45 minutes presentation and Q&A. We will educate individuals about how we can help them connect to career opportunities at the Hillside Crossings development or other opportunities through unions, from apprenticeship programs to direct hire options.

Contact us today at 518-207-0209 to schedule a presentation.

Emerging construction + design professionals and entrepreneurs aged 18-35 enroll in the community based Institute to receive industry mentorship and coaching from experienced professionals. Students secure employment or assistance with scaling their business.

The Institute will provide a community of support and a motivating learning environment that promotes an “I Got This” mindset and inspires goal development and achievement.

Each Institute accept up to 8 emerging construction + design professionals and entrepreneurs seeking to advance their career or scale their business. We invite individuals who are coachable, embrace honest feedback and desires to improve while bringing their career and/or business to the next level.

Construction + design students will focus their attention on how to:

  • Enhance their brand and influence
  • Develop a better understanding of how the industry operates
  • Work alongside a community of industry professionals and peers who inspire them to move forward

Additionally, each construction + design student will be paired with a coach to help them develop and employ a 3-month action plan.

At the end of 3 months, during the Construction + Design Showcase, students present the goals they’ve achieved during the Institute, announce the additional resources they need to bring themselves to the next level and are awarded with a customized toolkit based on their career path they are pursuing or business their are scaling. Industry professionals and peers in the audience will step up in real time to let them know which resources they can provide.

Testimonials

Thank You To Our Partners and Sponsors

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Contact Us

To learn more, use our contact form or call us at
(518) 207-0209

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