Construction Students

Mayor Frank G. Jackson provided special remarks to students participating in a roundtable discussion and tour with the James H. Walker / Turner School of Construction Management class held at the Cuyahoga Community College’s Unified Technologies Center (UTC) on Woodland Avenue in Cleveland. Collaboratively, the City of Cleveland Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) is a “self-help” approach to economic development. Collaboratively, the City of Cleveland Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) is a “self-help” approach to economic development and provides a structure that helps private developers create jobs, hire residents and leave a demonstrable, positive impact on the community.

As a participant of the CBA, the James H. Walker Construction Management Course is a ten-week, twenty-session course. The course is taught by experienced construction professionals and includes education in contracting, marketing, procurement, bonding, scheduling, cost accounting, estimating, and project planning. Participants learn how to become certified with the City of Cleveland, obtain financing, bid on City contracts and prepare business plans. 

Approximately 1,347 entrepreneurs, trades people, professional architects, engineers, surveyors and others who have taken this course are operating in well-known and respected businesses. The course is named in honor of the late James Walker, a former Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) employee who dedicated most of his professional life to helping minorities develop construction and general contracting businesses.

Photographer: 
William C. Rieter