September 2011, Volume 15, Number 4

Features

Building a Solid Future

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For more than 10 years, MDC and Turner Construction have partnered to offer free training courses to small business owners in the construction industry, helping them build a better foundation for growth. This year, 56 students graduated from the Turner School of Construction Management Training Course, held this spring at Kendall Campus.

Course participants included a mixture of business owners, general contractors and subcontractors, specializing in everything from interior design to landscaping to plumbing. They can all apply the 40 hours of instruction they completed toward renewing their state licenses.

“Now more than ever is a good time for this course because small businesses need the training to better manage their companies in the current economy,” said Rhonda Wimberly, director of community affairs at Turner Construction.

Topics covered in the course included business development, pre-construction and estimating, contract surety bonds, bidding and purchasing procedures, safety on the jobsite, quality control, contract risk management, building information modeling (BIM), introduction to green building, LEED, blue print reading and specifications, construction ethics, Chapter 558 construction defects, and Chapter 489 construction law, among many other topics.

Additional partners of the Turner School of Construction Management Training Course include Miami-Dade County Small Business Development, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council.

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