Latino Construction Program Success Story

April 18, 2023

Juliana, a 45-year-old single mother of four, was employed as a minimum-wage security guard and had never worked in the construction field before. When she learned about the Latino Construction Program (LCP) and how the Spanish American Committee and MetroHealth were partnering together to transform and revitalize the community, she hopped on the opportunity to learn about the construction industry. She participated in the six-week evening program, and secured employment working as a union apprentice at MetroHealth. Although she didn’t fit the stereotypical construction worker image, she inspired the next LCP cohort participants, urging them to show up for every class, learn the material, and speak as much English as possible, even if they thought the words were not coming out just right. "It’s hard work, and I strive to be better every day. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime work experience.”