SAC hosts its first
CLEVELAND: On Friday, July 13, 2018, the Spanish American
Committee hosted its first graduation ceremony for its
Latino Construction Program.
The Latino Construction Program was created as a product of the
Metro Health transformation on Cleveland’s W.25th
and Clark area. The program was established in partnership
with the Metro Health team, Turner Construction
Company, and the Cleveland Building Trades and funded
through generous contributions from the KeyBank Foundation,
Turner Construction Company, and the Higley Fund.
This 6-week program follows a curriculum that incorporates
English language instruction with lessons in safety, unions,
opportunities in the trades, among others. Students are also
provided with one-on-one job counseling and connected to local
unions for pre-apprentice and apprenticeship opportunities.
The graduates were:
José Torres, Confesor Alicea Crespo, Giovanni Torres, Joshua
Joel Alicea, Jesús Sarmiento, Mauricio Torres,
José L. Rivera Martínez,
Angel Sierra, Henry Soltren Cardona, Eduardo J. Guerra,
Fidel Rodríguez, and Victor M. Matias.
So far, the Latino Construction Program at the Spanish American
Committee has placed 30 individuals with local unions making
between $14.50 and $20 hourly. The individuals who are already
working have collectively earned over $270,000.