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Fathina Holmes and City Build Academy: Putting our people to work! | San Francisco Bay View

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Fathina Holmes and City Build Academy: Putting our people to work! | San Francisco Bay View


“One thing that the whole redevelopment process has done is it’s proven to people that you don’t have real community control … I’m finally convinced that housing will never meet the people’s needs until the people build housing for themselves.” – Arnold Townsend

Peace and blessings, sisters and brothers. The San Francisco Bay View will be increasing our focus on reporting about the availability of jobs, or the lack thereof, within our community. We will be placing a special focus on jobs available to Black and oppressed people within the field of construction.

The geopolitical landscape of contracts and jobs given to Black people in the city of San Francisco is rife with cronyism, nepotism and racism. As we explore this topic, we will report on the good, the bad and the ugly. However, today I am focusing on the good!


—  Credits

Featured Image, Fathina Holmes was born and raised here in the Bay View community. As a senior workforce development specialist for the City and County of San Francisco, she works tirelessly to provide job opportunities within the construction trades for all oppressed and disadvantaged populations. – Photo: Bay View Managing Editor Nube Brown


—  Related

CityBuild Academy aims to meet the demands of the construction industry by providing comprehensive pre-apprenticeship and construction administration training to San Francisco residents. CityBuild began in 2006 as an effort to coordinate City-wide construction training and employment programs and is administered by OEWD in partnership with City College of San Francisco, various community non-profit organizations, labor unions, and industry employers.

CityBuild Academy offers an 18-week pre-apprenticeship and construction skills training program at the City College of San Francisco, Evans Campus. Trainees can earn up to 15 college credits while learning foundational skills and knowledge to enter the construction trades and succeed as new apprentices. Trainees are given the opportunity to obtain construction-related certifications such as OSHA 10, Forklift, Skid Steer, CPR and First Aid. Several program instructors are construction industry specialists with years of field experience. In addition, CBA partners with Habitat for Humanity, and the San Francisco Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Training to provide experience outside the classroom setting. Since 2006, 874 San Francisco residents have graduated from CityBuild Academy and 753 graduates have secured employment in various construction trades.

Source – City and County of San Francisco, CityBuild Academy. Available at https://oewd.org/city-build