2002-03-16 / Community

RDRC, Sponsors Aim To Create Jobs

RDRC, Sponsors Aim To Create Jobs

By Gary G. Toms

On March 1, the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) held a breakfast to introduce its latest program aimed at helping the unemployed residents of Rockaway. The organization is teaming up with the JFK International Air Terminal (JFKIAT)/AMEC Alliance Team to provide training which will lead to jobs as construction cost estimators.

"A lot of these companies are willing to pay people to let them come in and be estimators on their staff. This is going to be a very good opportunity for those that participate," said Bernie Monahan, an estimator for AMEC Construction Management, who will teach the four-week course. AMEC is heavily involved in the recovery effort at Ground Zero.

Monahan noted that estimators are in high demand. The starting salary for a construction cost estimator is around $25,000 annually, and an experienced construction cost estimator can earn as much as $110,000 rather quickly.

The program is geared to help local contractors hire people for construction projects throughout the city and employ many who are seeking jobs in the Rockaway community.

The senior minority business developer for AMEC, Connie DeLaigle, is spearheading the project, and she feels that many will benefit from the course.

"It has been a dream of mine for a long time. I'm sure the program will be a success and a catalyst to other programs," said DeLaigle.

Some of the sponsors involved in the program include: Atlantic Hardware and Supply Corporation; CENY/Specialty Services; CTE Cleantech Corporation; D. Magnan and Company, Inc.; Eagle One Roofing Contractors, Inc.; EMI and FMB.

Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for four Saturdays starting March 23. The classes will be conducted at the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation office, located at 1920 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway. New courses are expected to start every four weeks for the next two years.

If you are interested in signing up for the classes, you can register at the RDRC office on March 16. It is stressed that all applicants be familiar with high school math, geometry, trigonometry, and the use of a computer. You are urged to register as soon as possible because seating is limited.

For more information on the program, call RDRC at (718) 327-5300, and ask for Doug Woodall.

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