Attend the graduation ceremony today at noon, St. Teresa of Avila RC Church at Sterling Place and Classon.
BUILD, Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development, was one of the signatories to the Forest City Ratner Community Benefit Agreement.
The CBA obligated FCR to support BUILD in its effort to recruit and train local residents for work in construction of the Atlantic Yards project.
According to a presentation made at last night's CB 8 Economic Development Committee meeting by BUILD ED James Caldwell, in May 2009, BUILD sent 4,000 letters to individuals on it's waiting list of 10,000 for apprenticeship programs.
BUILD received 1,200 individual responses. Of these 350 passed the initial requirements (GED, drug-free). Personal interviews reduced this number to 37.
Of this number, 36 are set to graduate today after six months of training in carpentry, masonry, plumbing and electrical trades. Of this number, 11 are from Councilmember James district, 7 from Councilmember Vann's district and 2 are women.
FRC has committed to place all of the graduates in jobs controlled by them, including the NY Times building, the new Beekman tower in lower Manhattan, Atlantic Yards or other FCR projects, according to Caldwell.