Parrish-Point, LLC, a certified DMBE/SWAM, has developed a long-term vision to work closely with government agencies and private sector organizations to establish and restore strong, self‐sufficient and thriving communities through the launching of Parrish Advanced Training Centers (PATC) The foundation for this project is built on over 20 years of experience in Civil Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Land‐Use Planning, Transportation, and Land Development. The organization is dedicated to streamlining the planning, engineering design and construction effort of each Client’s projects through superior design capabilities, program/project coordination, communication, and administration. Parrish-Point, LLC. has extended its reach into preparing individuals for employment in the areas they support with the establishment of Parrish Advanced Training Centers.

Although created as a branch component of Parrish-Point, LLC. PATC is now an autonomous – stand-alone organization- serving as a professional development initiative to provide supportive services and training for Individuals who are preparing to work in the transportation industry.  The program selects participants and works with them one on one, offering targeted training and skills development for placement with strategic partners such as Airports, transportation entities, and construction firms.

Business Description

PATC serves students who are graduates of technical programs or transitioning from military and other professions, in need of specific technical and practical training to prepare them for integration into industry. Participation in the program will cultivate a strong network of qualified individuals in the region with an interest in engineering and transportation fields who are ready for employment and can be matched with positions provided by strategic partners. The program will offer module driven learning and supportive services culminating with a certificate of completion.  The center will act as a finishing school and will offer Three main tracks of learning; Construction Site Engineering, Project Management, and Transportation Operations.

PATC will employ the use of asynchronous learning and collaborative learning environments.  These student-centered teaching methods blend online learning resources with onsite seminars to facilitate information sharing outside the constraints of time and place among a network of people.  Modules will be packaged in podcasts, live webinars and community workshops in addition to the traditional classroom. Within each track a menu of modular learning sessions on key topics will be made available.  It is expected that individuals in this program will follow recommendations from a mandatory evaluation and assessment process performed prior to admission. Those completing the track will be rewarded with a certificate of completion or continuing education credits. Courses will be facilitated in convenient community locations throughout the coverage area.   PATC will leverage its good working relationships with such municipalities as, VDOT, HRT, MWAA,WMATA, NCDOT, SEPTA, NYC Transit, MTA projects (Land development, Roadway, Bus and Rail Transit development projects) to develop strategic partnerships and create employment opportunities for qualified graduates of the program.

Construction Site Engineering Training – preparation for positions such as construction field engineers, field project managers, and construction support engineers

Introduction to BIM and 3D Animation Construction Site Assessment
Construction site Documentation Construction Permitting
Construction Site Safety Modules Estimating Modules
Maintenance of Traffic Planning General Construction Contracts
OSHA Meets Land Development Construction Management
Construction Permits Overview of land Development Process
Council Hearings Meetings and Community Outreach Site Planning Process
Council Hearings, Meetings and Community Communication Introduction to Sub-Surface Utility Engineering
Purpose of Professionals Land Surveying Drainage and Site Grading Requirements
Water and Sanitary Sewer Systems Responding to RFP’s and IFB’s
Federal/State Resource Guides and Manuals for Land Development Landscape Design Principles for Sustainability
Design Principles: BMP’s Retention Ponds, Detention Ponds, Infiltration and Trenching Services

Project Management – preparation for positions on transportation and engineering project teams

When and How to Incorporate Sustainable Design Measures What is a LEED Certified Building
GIS and GPS Utilization Feasibility Study
Site Analysis and   comprehensive Data Environmental Site Assessment
Continuous Improvement Measures Entrepreneurship
Leadership Functions Methods in Estimating
Operations Management Personal Financial Sustainability
Power Balancing Project Administration and Management
Project Controls Modules Public Involvement Strategies
Time Management

Transportation Operations – preparation in 6 specific areas of Traffic management systems, Work Zones, Tunnel Staffing, Information Technology, Safety and Interactions

Traffic Management

TC duties/requirements Bridge Openings
Flooding Hurricanes
Planned Events Snow/Ice
Work Zones SSP
Wrecker Operator

 Work Zone/Safety

Lane Closings Flagging
Radio Use Fire extinguishers (use/maintenance)
First Aid/CPR Map Reading

 Tunnel Staffing

Tunnel Patroller Wrecker Operator
Supervisor (CRS, Field)

 Information Technology and Office Skills

Office Technology Orientation Outlook
Microsoft Office Issue Trak
VA Traffic – 511 Working with teams
Dealing with Difficult People Preventing Sexual Harassment
Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Opportunity Summary

Career services in many instances, does not provide adequate support to fully prepare for workplace engagement. In addition to academic and resume preparation often there is a need for exposure to industry market analysis, strategic coaching on matching skills with opportunities and industry specific soft skills training to ensure success in the work place. Currently PATC interacts with graduates from several technical training schools who are graduating with significant debt and find themselves still not savvy enough to transition into the industry they prepared for. PATC will help close the loop by providing industry specific training to prepare for specific positions provided by strategic partners and expose participants to industry insight that will provide a distinctive competency or competitive advantage in the job search.

Engineering and Construction Sectors are Growing

“The engineering and construction sectors are now on the upswing. Multi-year growth for the nonresidential and non-building construction markets appears to be stabilizing at 5% – higher than U.S. Gross Domestic Product growth. Many contractors are hiring again, and margins have begun to trend upward.   Bid lists are getting a bit shorter, backlogs a little longer.”

“As the construction industry picks itself up and shakes itself off, it confronts a host of challenges and opportunities. The four trends altering the industry, most likely for the long term, are: a low-bid commodification mentality, technological innovation, plentiful and affordable domestic energy resources, and the integration of design with construction. These integral shifts open new doors for market participants and ultimately impact the construction services business model.”

Construction Industry Mega Trends Emerging from the Recession: What Every CFM Needs to Know | CFMA. (n.d.). Retreved Jul 18, 2015

There is a need for a Parrish Advanced Training Centers (PATC).

Research indicates that students seeking to transition into technical careers have moderate success after attending colleges and universities that specialize in hands on technical coursework. PATC will fill in the gap and provide support in soft skills and industry specific insights to prepare participants for successful careers. Establishing partnerships that match qualified candidates with openings in a network of preferred corporations creates a win-win scenario on both ends of the continuum. The organizations goal is to match candidates with opportunities and prepare a unique workforce to meet the overall growth in the construction industry.

Estimated Time-frame Summary of Capital Needs:

PATC has been operating in pilot phase and has trained x amount of students providing professional skills assessment, teaching valuable workplace integration skills and unique technical skills training. To expand the program and engage the network of instructors who are supportive of the initiative this proposal serves as a catalyst to inspire conversation around solutions and support.

Participants will be required to complete a prescribed set of courses based on individual assessment and will receive a certificate of completion however they can progress at their own rate. Each participant will be responsible for payment of fees associated with each module.

Corporate partners for whom this program can act as a recruitment tool are encouraged to invest $10,000 in the program. Corporate partners will work with PATC to identify particular skill sets that are required for employment in their organization and PATC will present after an agreed upon time-frame a set of qualified applicants to choose from.

Expected Outcomes

  • Expansion of the PATC to deliver qualified personnel for key industry positions
  • Establishment of an experienced and trusted recruitment partner for industry
  • Employment services and professional development services for transitioning adults

For more information contact:
Parrish-Point, LLC
Phone: 757-675-3767