FORT LAUDERDALE — Turner Construction Company will kick off its 19th annual Turner School of Construction Management Program in Broward County on Monday, March 26.

The company said more than 100 people from various segments of the construction industry have signed up for the class.

Many of them are the owners, operators and employees of the companies they represent, such as small business owners who function as general contractors and subcontractors offering services and products such as interior design, painting, landscaping, flooring, land clearing, construction cleaning, tile, roofing, cabinetry, electrical, plumbing and other businesses related to the construction industry.

The course is particularly popular with contractors who are required by law to renew their state contractor’s licenses and need the continuing education units that the course offers.

It covers topics such as business development, pre-construction and estimating, surety bonds, bidding and purchasing procedures, safety on the jobsite, quality control, contract risk management, building information modeling (BIM), Introduction to green building/LEED, blue print reading and specifications, construction ethics, chapter 558 construction defects, chapter 489 construction law and rules and much more, including community presenters with topics such as “how to do business” with various organizations.

Classes will be will be held at Broward College Parkway Academy, 7451 Riviera Blvd., Miramar, Monday and Wednesday nights through June 18.

The graduation ceremony will take place June 20 in the Broward College South Campus Gymnasium, 7200 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines. Each student will receive a certificate of completion.

“Now, more than ever, small and minority businesses in the construction industry need the support of industry leaders like Turner to help them gain knowledge and enhance their capability to help each of them successfully work though these most challenging economic times,” a Turner statement said.

Turner professionals and others from the industry teach the courses which are funded by Turner, ensuring that women and minorities in the construction industry are guaranteed a chance to succeed. 

The programs are now national training models for the construction industry and often emulated.

Broward College, Broward County government, Broward Health, Broward County Public Schools, Broward County Minority Builders Coalition, OIC of Broward County and the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council are partners in the program.