A new job training center in Northeast is focused on putting District residents to work.

District officials joined former District of Columbia Housing Authority Chairman Pedro Alfonso in cutting the ribbon on Dynamic Concepts, Inc. Washington Training Complex.

Alfonso, DCI president and CEO, said the facility will give hands-on training in the fields of technology networking, utility infrastructure, and construction.

“If we are going to do training, we are doing it with dignity and class,” he said.

Speaking to local projects, Alfonso referred to the Kenilworth Courts redevelopment plans, which include 350 new affordable units.

“That is a lot of new jobs,” he said. “To make that happen, we want to make sure we put [D.C. residents] in training to do that.”

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton agreed about so much new construction in the city.

“Those jobs, as far as I’m concerned, belong to the residents of the District of Columbia,” she said. 

Norton then listed several high profile federal projects that will need a trained and educated workforce to get built, such as the second phase of the Department of Homeland Security build in Ward 8, the Old Post Office, and the Southwest Waterfront.

Following the congresswoman’s lead, Mayor Muriel Bowser listed District infrastructure projects that also will require a talented crop of workers, for example the expansions of Pepco, DC Water, Washington Gas, and Verizon networks. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Library and Washington Mystics stadium will soon start construction, too, she said.

“With booming development all across our city, we need skilled and qualified people to do this work,” said Mayor Bowser. “As our city grows, I’m focused on ensuring that prosperity and economic opportunity reach all eight wards of the District of Columbia. I’m thrilled to have DCI as a partner in this mission, and I applaud this local small business for training District residents in skills necessary to succeed in the workforce of today and tomorrow.” 

DCI anticipates training and putting to work more than 100 District residents over the next year, creating an economic impact of over $10 million to the local economy. 

The construction industry created some 140,000 jobs across the country this year and that figure is only expected to grow, said U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator Douglas J. Kramer. He said DCI, as a small business, is partnering with other small businesses to grow the city’s workforce and improve their futures.

Alfonso is “in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing,” Kramer said.


Former DCHA Chairman Pedro Alfonso (with scissors) cuts the ribbon on the DCI Washington Training Complex with D.C. officials.
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