Detroit-A final tally showed 1,100 people seeking information on jobs turned out Wednesday for DPS’ Skilled Trades Resource Fair for Detroit residents with experience in skilled trades or those who are seeking a career in the industry. Detroit Public Schools also on Wednesday launched a new Web site — www.dpsschoolconstruction.org — to keep the community informed on developments with the district’s $500.5 million bond program.
Twenty local affiliates and trades associations were on site at the fair to register job seekers and provide more information on how to train for a career in skilled trades. Experienced carpenters, cement masons, drywall finishers, electricians, iron workers, millwrights, painters, pipefitters, plumbers, roofers and sheet metal workers were preferred, but those skills were not required to register. The event was free and open to Detroit residents.
The resource fair was hosted by Detroit Public Schools, the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council and Walbridge Joint Venture, the Program Manager overseeing the bond construction project for the district. The fair was from 9 a.m. to noon at IBEW Local 58, 1358 Abbott Street, Detroit, MI 48226.
The DPS School Construction Project, which will build and renovate schools and includes district-wide technology upgrades and security initiatives, is a three-year capital improvement construction project being funded with $500.5 million federal stimulus dollars following voter approval in November of Proposal S.
The Web site will have project updates, photo galleries, job information, Requests for Proposals (RFP) postings, testimonials, upcoming events, and much more.
The district last month announced the first three construction and renovation projects as part of the bond program that together total $64.1 million dollars in contracts, and will mean more jobs for Detroit residents and more work for Detroit-based companies. The Web site will be a prime spot to see updates on the projects.
Work at the first three schools, totaling $64.1 million, is set to get underway this month. They are:
– Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette, which will be completely rebuilt
– John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy, 15850 Strathmoor, which will have major renovation
– Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 Van Dyke, which will have major renovations
The DPS School Construction Project will build and renovate public schools over the next three years and fund safety, technology or quality of life improvements at every school. It also will implement district-wide initiatives including more technology in classrooms and improved security measures in all schools. DPS is on an aggressive schedule make all capital improvements by 2013 to be compliant with federal guidelines.
The three-year construction project will also create thousands of jobs for Detroiters. The project labor agreement, which covers skilled trades employees, requires 65% of work hours on the project be performed by Detroit residents. Additionally, the prime contractors plan to fill 40%-60% of their non-trades work hours with Detroiters.
Detroit voters approved the Proposal S Bond Referendum last November which enabled the district to access $500.5 million in federal dollars for school capital improvement projects. DPS received the 6th largest allocation in the nation. Federal regulations stipulate the bond dollars must be spent within three years.