SEATTLE, Wash. - Today, Molinas Construction Company graduated and earned a Certificate of Completion for the Clark Construction Group Strategic Partnership Program, a four-month program designed to provide small business owners comprehensive construction management and business skills training. Now in its 11th year, the intensive, MBA-style course included a curriculum of weekly classes, supplemented by experiential learning. It was the first cohort, for the first year in Seattle, Washington.
Earlier this month, Clark launched its Strategic Partnership Program in Seattle. The four-month program, which is offered at no cost to local small business owners, provides comprehensive construction management and business skills training. More than 10 small businesses – and 19 participates – are enrolled in the inaugural Seattle class. Clark first developed the Strategic Partnership Program in 2006. The intensive, MBA-style course includes a curriculum of weekly classes, supplemented by experiential learning. Clark employees and industry experts work with program participants to review the fundamentals of project management, estimating, purchasing, basic accounting and financial reporting, bonding and insurance requirements, and how to read and understand contracts. Now in its 11th year, the Strategic Partnership Program is offered in several markets across the country and has more than 400 graduates. The Seattle program will culminate this summer with a capstone project.
During the final month of the Capstone Project, Molinas Construction President/Owner David Molina teamed up with Jon Burris (Kathon Services), Jan Keiser (Keiser Group) and Cybill Edwards (Goldbelt Operations Support Services) to bid on a mock proposal for the Battalion Barracks Complex, a two-level government-owned, government-operated facility providing metal stud framing, insulation, drywall installation, finishing and acoustical ceiling services.
During the capstone project, John served as Co-Owner/Project Manager, Jan was Quality/Safety Manager, David as Superintendent, and Cybill as Contract Administration, and in the final presentation briefed senior executives from Clark Construction Group, Lease Crutcher Lewis, and Community Outreach Partners.
The executives on the panel provided the team great feedback and insightful tips to improve their presentation skills, and grow their small businesses.
Held near the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, the Clark Construction Group Strategic Program Graduation Ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate how much each small business owner grew during the intensive training, as well as key speeches from Clark and Lewis executives. Special plaque awards were provided for Best Presenter, Most Knowledgeable and Best Group categories. In the end, Most Knowledgeable was awarded to David Molina, Molinas Construction Company.
It was an honor and a pleasure to participate in the Seattle cohort, meeting others in the industry and learning how they run and operate, and taking in every best practice conducted at the 30,000 foot and $4 billion level and apply it to our small, but growing family owned business.