Construction Management Graduation

Mayor Frank G. Jackson was joined by Chief of Public Affairs Natoya Walker Minor and representatives from Turner Construction Company to recognize graduates of the 2016 James H. Walker/Turner School of Construction Management at a ceremony held in the Rotunda at Cleveland City Hall. The ceremony for the 26 graduates marks the 47th year of a partnership between the City of Cleveland and Turner Construction Company. 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. 

Hundreds of entrepreneurs, trades people, and professional architects, engineers, surveyors and others 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 employee who dedicated most of his professional life to helping minorities develop construction and general contracting businesses.

William C. Rieter