A program created by a business and the school system to give
some small construction companies a leg up in a tough business has graduated
its first class of companies.
Since October, the Turner School of Construction Management has been holding weekly sessions free for minority- and women-owned contractors who need a crash course in the complexities of their business.
On Wednesday evening, 15 companies graduated from the program, which was created locally in partnership with Guilford County Schools and the state university system.
Turner held six sessions at N.C. A&T on management, bidding, employee safety and a host of other items that new businesspeople might not anticipate.
The school system worked with Turner to help replace the HUB Academy, a state university system program that was a victim of budget cuts.
Turner Construction is an $8 billion worldwide construction firm, which has been holding such classes across the country since 1969.
The partnership is good business for Turner and the school system.
Turner Construction builds schools and other public buildings, said Tammie E. Hall of Guilford County Schools, and it is interested in building a pool of qualified minority- and women-owned contractors.
The school district tries to make sure 12.4 percent of contractors on any project are owned by minorities or women.
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