The Puerto Rico Chapter of the Association of General Contractors of América (AGC-PR) and the Ana G. Méndez University (UAGM) announced the signing of a collaboration agreement to develop academic programs to train and educate qualified construction workers to participate in the reconstruction and modernization of housing projects and infrastructure that are being carried out in Puerto Rico.
It is anticipated that during the coming
decades, Puerto Rico will need some 100,000 construction workers to meet the
labor demand associated with the injection of about $80 billion in federal
allocations and insurance payments.
“AGC-PR and its partners are focused on
and committed to the reconstruction of Puerto Rico and its transformation into
a strong, modern and attractive destination for socioeconomic development,”
said AGC-PR President Alejandro J. Abrams.
“This agreement with the UAGM is a proactive
and assertive step to ensure that this work is carried out by trained minds and
hands with the necessary skills to perform their functions,” he said.
“We support and encourage all initiatives to
educate and develop a bank of workers to be the protagonists of this great work
that is just beginning,” he said.
Under the agreement, AGC-PR and UAGM will
collaborate in the development of curricula, medical records and didactic
material that meets the requirements of the construction industry and the
requirements of the Puerto Rico Board of Education. The program incorporate the
knowledge and experience of the UAGM faculty and AGC-PR partners.
UAGM will integrate the new curriculum during
the 2019-20 academic year, offering a Certificate and Associate Degree in
Construction. Both will be initially available at the Cupey Campus but could be
extended to other campuses throughout the Island.