Corporate Alliance/Columbia University MWL Construction Trades Certificate Mentorship Program

Corporate Alliance/Columbia University MWL Construction Trades Certificate Mentorship Program

Columbia University Facilities (CUF) is committed to enhancing labor force and contracting opportunities for the minority, women and local (MWL) community. One of the ways in which CUF is working to build the MWL contracting opportunities is through a mentoring program for small and medium-sized MWL construction trade firms.

History

In January 2008, Columbia University and the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) launched the Minority-, Women-, and Locally-owned (MWL) Construction Trades Management Certificate/Mentorship Program to help MWL businesses build capacity and earn contracting opportunities at the University. Program partners included The Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which provides technical services to MWL firms, and Columbia University's School of Continuing Education, which oversees the program's academic portion and administers certificates of completion to mentees after fulfilling their first year.  Since inception of the program, participating firms have been awarded Columbia and City contracts totaling over $60 million.

About the Program

After three successsful years, Columbia and the City expanded the program as part of New York City's new Corporate Alliance Program (CAP). Current participants in the Corporate Alliance/Columbia University MWL Construction Trades Certificate Mentorship Program receive extensive construction management training modeled after Columbia University's Master of Science in Construction Administration program, and have access to opportunities with the City and Columbia as well as corporate partners BNY Mellon, Con Edison, Goldman Sachs and National Grid.

Participants will:

  • Attend 30 academic sessions on construction management from January 2012 - June 2013, offered by Columbia University School of Continuing Education and our corporate partners.
  • The following six months (July 2013 - December 2013) will be spent receiving exclusive insight into how to do business with each corporate partner!

To be eligible for the program, construction firms must meet the following criteria:

  • Have annual revenues between $100,000 and $5,000,000
  • Be certified as a Minority or Women-owned firm with the City of New York or be a small business with a principal headquarters in the 17 zip code local catchment area.*
  • Be in business a minimum of 2 years
*Zip codes in the catchment area include 10025, 10026, 10027, 10029, 10030, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10037, 10039, 10040, 10451, 10454, 10455, 10474

How To Apply

The application period for the Corporate Alliance/Columbia University Construction Mentorship Program is now closed.  Please re-visit this site for updated program information.

For more information about the Corporate Alliance/Columbia University MWL Construction Trades Certificate Mentorship Program, please e-mail projx@columbia.edu. For information on becoming certified as an MWL business, click here.