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Two Trees expands their support of St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development construction training

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Two Trees provides a $50,000 grant to support St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development Center’s Skilled Build Construction Training following its successful 2nd year of launch! With the current class of Skilled Build trainees are (l to r) ‎ David Lombino Two Trees Managing Dir., External Affairs; Nancy Lasher, St. Nicks Alliance; Larry Rothchild, Dir. St. Nicks Alliance Workforce; and Jose Leon, Dep. Exec. Dir. St. Nicks Alliance

Money does grow on some trees. Last month, Two Trees Management presented St. Nicks Alliance with a check for $50K. The money will support construction training for up to 40 new hires. As the developer of the Domino Sugar Factory project, Two Trees via their partnership with St. Nicks Alliance’s Workforce will supplement the crew that builds 260 Kent Avenue, the second residential building under construction at the site.

This partnership began back in 2016. In planning to develop the Domino Sugar Factory, Two Trees wanted to give employment opportunities to the communities neighboring the site. Residents living within Brooklyn Community Boards 1 and 4 have priority placement for the training slots; after a period if there are vacancies applicants are accepted from all of Brooklyn. Those completing this training will secure OSHA 30, Flagger/Scaffolding, FDNY F-60 Fire Guard certifications, and the 80-hour NCCER construction core credential, in addition to 2-week intensive coaching in soft skills (which instructs that on time is 15 minutes early).

Two Trees hired 31 of the graduates from the first training to build their first building at the Domino Sugar site, 325 Kent, which was finished in 2017. Last year, St. Nicks Alliance placed 112 in local construction jobs (including the 31 graduates).

“We are thrilled to support and partner with an organization like St. Nicks Alliance, which provides important and specialized construction trade skills to local residents,” said Two Trees principal Jed Walentas. “Not only does the Skilled Build program offer training to graduates in highly demanded trade skills, it gives them the opportunity to put those skills to work right here in Brooklyn at the Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment site.”

Sign up soon for upcoming trainings in Urban Greenscaping and Commercial Driving (CDL)

St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development has upcoming trainings in Urban Greenscaping and Commercial Driving (CDL). Urban Greenscaping will provide graduates a horticulture certificate via Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in addition to OSHA and forklift certifications.  Those who are interested in the training must sign up for an info session by March 7th (Urban Greenscaping) or March 9th (CDL)

Go to: to sign up for an Info Session Or call or email: Seekqumarie Kellman, Prog. Mgr, 718.302.2057 Ext. 412;

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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