PROGRAMS

Management and Financial Training Programs for Contractors

The Regional Alliance offers several programs to support small, minority, women-owned and disadvantaged contractors. These programs are designed to help build capacity and competence in management, technical ability, financial capacity and technology. Some programs are conducted on behalf of our client organizations, such as the Port Authority of NY and NJ, NJ TRANSIT, JetBlue or others. Please click the links below for up to date information on programs.

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About RASC

The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors (RASC) was the 1989 brainchild of visionary public agencies, the Port Authority of NY & NJ principal amongst them, and major private construction corporations that resolved to improve the competitiveness of small, minority, and women contractors in the region. RASC was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1991. The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors has been led since then by a virtual “Who’s Who” of construction industry leaders, including Peter M. Lehrer, Lehrer, McGovern Bovis (Lend Lease (U.S.) LMB, Inc.; John L. Tishman, Tishman Construction Corp. (an AECOM Company); the late Frank Ross Sr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HRH Construction Corp.; Kurt A. Goddard, Executive Vice President, Bechtel Infrastructure Group.; Milo Riverso, P.E. Ph.D, President STV Construction, Inc.; and presently Jay Badame, President & Chief Operating Officer, Tishman Construction Corp. NY, NJ & PA.

About RASC

The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors (RASC) was the 1989 brainchild of visionary public agencies, the Port Authority of NY & NJ principal amongst them, and major private construction corporations that resolved to improve the competitiveness of small, minority, and women contractors in the region. RASC was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1991. The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors has been led since then by a virtual “Who’s Who” of construction industry leaders, including Peter M. Lehrer, Lehrer, McGovern Bovis (Lend Lease (U.S.) LMB, Inc.; John L. Tishman, Tishman Construction Corp. (an AECOM Company); the late Frank Ross Sr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HRH Construction Corp.; Kurt A. Goddard, Executive Vice President, Bechtel Infrastructure Group.; Milo Riverso, P.E. Ph.D, President STV Construction, Inc.; and presently Jay Badame, President & Chief Operating Officer, Tishman Construction Corp. NY, NJ & PA.

TRAINING PROGRAMS

Training Programs
Managing Growth®
Contact: Paola Camargo, (212) 268-4933,
Fax (212) 268-7509, pcamargo.rascny@verizon.net

Managing Growth® is a classroom program that provides courses enabling both novice and experienced S/M/W/DBE owners and employees to learn the ins and outs of how to successfully operate their businesses. Courses are structured to focus on practical approaches to problems frequently encountered in construction and associated industries. The three core areas are business, management, computer business applications, and OSHA Safety Training Certificate courses. Most courses are underwritten by our public sector clients, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and NJ TRANSIT.

Construction Management Certificate Program
This innovative program, sponsored by The Port Authority of NY and NJ, leads to a Certificate of Construction Management and qualification for continuing education hours (New York State Approval #C01420) and New Jersey credits. This program presents and discusses management of construction projects in the field. The coursework is designed for contractors, engineers, designers, and others in the construction industry. The course covers the fundamentals of construction management including materials and methods, blueprint reading, construction costs and estimating, project scheduling & contract administration.

List of Construction Courses

  • Fundamentals of Mechanical, Electrical Plumbing Systems for Buildings
  • Blueprint Reading & Construction Drawings
  • Construction Cost Estimating
  • Fundamentals of LEEDs
  • Managing Small Scale Construction Projects
  • Construction Contract Law
  • Materials & Methods
  • Contract Administration
    Project Scheduling

See Calendar Page for current courses, applications, and payment information.

Business Course Offerings

  • Financial Management
  • Financial Strategies and Obtaining Financing
  • Project Management
  • Developing Marketing Plans and Techniques for Today’s Changing Economy
  • Understanding Your Company's Financial Statements

Computer Courses

The Regional Alliance offers computer courses and workshops are also underwritten by our clients to assist S/M/W/DBEs to become more effective and efficient in operating their businesses. Typical courses offered include:

  • Primavera
  • MS Word, Level I and II
  • MS Excel, Level I and II
  • MS Power Point,
  • QuickBooks, Level I and II
  • MS Project Level I and II

The computer courses are one-day courses for the various experience levels. For example, MS Excel Level I and II are one day Introductory and MS Intermediate classes. Courses may be held at the Regional Alliance's New York City offices or at our clients' offices if computer training rooms are available.

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OSHA – 30 – Hour Course

This OSHA approved course is specifically designed for safety directors, foremen, field supervisors, and other personnel responsible for construction activities with a focus on construction safety. Participants learn the requirements of OSHA Standards and construction work practices. Completed information is provided on OSHA compliance issue and is designed to help recognize safety hazards on the job. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a U.S. Department of Labor OSHA construction safety and health 30-hour course completion card.

OSHA 3-in-1 Safety Program

OSHA 10-hour program provides a variety of construction safety and health training, covered by OSHA 29 CTR 1926, to construction workers, foremen, job supervisors, and anyone else involved in the construction industry. Workers must receive additional training when required by OSHA standards, on the specific hazards of the job. Training will emphasize Hazard Identification, Avoidance, Control and Prevention, Monitoring Project.

4-Hour Supported Scaffolding course complies with the training requirements of the NYC Department of Buildings Local Law 52. This law requires that every worker who will work from, on or use a supported scaffold shall complete this course. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a scaffold user certificate from an OSHA certified provider.

OSHA Fall Protection Course, important topics covered in this course include OSHA Standards and NYC Regulatory requirements, general protection concepts; walking/working surfaces; guardrail systems; safety nets; personal fall arrest systems and positioning devices; fall protection equipment- anchor systems; snap hooks; lanyards; lifelines; rope grabs; winches/tripods; protection from falling objects; ladder safety-general requirements; fixed & portable ladders; working over or near water; planning and monitoring; scaffolding safety awareness and demonstration; and exercises on the wearing of fall protection equipment.

CONTRACT COMPLIANCE

Contract Compliance Program
Contact: Donna Tucker, (212) 268-5646,
fax (212) 268-7509 dtucker.rascny@verizon.net
Since 1998, the Regional Alliance has been providing Affirmative Action/EEO contract compliance services on several billion-dollar projects. Collectively, our staff has over 100 years of experience in developing comprehensive contract compliance programs.
Major projects, particularly those that are funded by a public agency, require that certain goals be met in terms of hiring MBE, WBE or DBE firms to do a percentage of the work. In addition, these projects have goals for contractors to hire ethnic and racial minority and female workers as part of their construction workforce. The statistics must be recorded and monitored by a contract compliance specialist and reported to the funding agency.

RASC List of Affirmative Action/EEO Contract Compliance Agreements
In 1998, RASC landed its first contract compliance agreement with Continental Airlines for the construction of their $1.2 billion Global Gateway project at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Almost $200 million was contracted to minority and women-owned construction companies on this project which included a new passenger terminal, Federal Inspection Services hall, arrivals hall, RAMP Control Tower, outbound baggage building and materials store.

In 2001, the State of Connecticut's Capital City Economic Development Authority contracted RASC to provide comprehensive compliance services for their one billion dollar Adriaen's Landing and Rentschler Field Projects. At the conclusion of the project in late 2005, S/MBE participation was 30% and 26% respectively.

In 2003, Don Todd Associates, Inc., one of the Project Management Firms for New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation's multi-billion dollar schools capital program contracted us to provide contract compliance services for Region 1 schools. Region 1 is comprised of Orange and East Orange, NJ. S/M/W/DBE Participation in the Region 1 program as of January 31, 2006 was 43.8% MBE and 8.4%WBE for a total of $56.5 million. Minority workers accounted for 30.6%, or 54,800 hours, and 1.9% of the work is attributed to female workers.

In 2006, RASC was contracted by the New York Jets to develop and manage an M/WBE contract compliance and minority and women labor force program for the proposed new Jet’s stadium and residential development over the Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s West Side.

In 2007, with a JetBlue Airways contract compliance agreement, RASC would oversee the M/WBE and minority and women labor force program for JetBlue’s new $600 million Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The program helped enable M/W/LBEs to obtain contracts exceeding $115 million (20.3%) and achieved minority labor force participation of 38% for skilled workers and 46% for minority laborers. Female skilled tradeswomen and female laborers received a combined total of 5% of the total work hours on the project.

In 2010, the Regional Alliance inked an agreement with Delta Air Lines to help boost participation of M/WBEs and minority and women labor force participation on the JFK/IAT Terminal 4 Redevelopment project at JFK International Airport. For Phase 1A and 1B of the Delta Terminal Redevelopment M/W/LBEs by mid-2013 received $140 million.

In 2012, as part of the Riverside Center Project, Dermot Group, the Manhattan developer, retained RASC services to meet New York City U.L.U.R.P. requirements for monitoring and reporting M/WBE participation on their 43-story residential tower and adjacent public school.

In 2013, Delta Airlines entered into an agreement with the Regional Alliance to help provide contract opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses on their $229 million Terminal 5 Renovation Program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
To know more about our contract compliance services, please contact us. We would be pleased to provide any additional information you may need.

OPPORTUNITIES MARKETPLACE

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Opportunities Marketplace provides networking opportunities for S/M/W/DBE firms to meet and network with other firms and public agencies with which they may form a business arrangement. While there are several events during the year under this program, the most popular is the Contractors' Clearinghouse. For additional information, please call Paola Camargo at (212) 268-4933, Fax: (212) 268-7509, pcamargo.rascny@verizon.net.

Contractors' Clearinghouse is conducted each year in February or March, usually at Con Edison headquarters on Irving Place in New York City. The program features keynote speakers on relevant construction and other business topics and provides an ample opportunity for networking over a continental breakfast. (Bring your business cards.)

Breakfast is followed by an exposition with booths and information from our sponsors, public agencies and providers of various services.

Other Marketplace events typically include:

  • RASC Annual Awards Luncheon,
  • Annual Members Holiday Networking Luncheon
  • Networking Boat Ride on the Hudson River
  • M/W/LBE and Affirmative Action outreach events conducted under agreements for our clients.
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