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MWLBE/Mentor Programs

The SCA seeks to increase, facilitate and encourage the participation of Minority, women-owned and locally-based enterprises (M/W/LBEs) by providing a flexible framework for eligible firms to develop and grow within the construction industry and to establish stable, long-term business relationships with the SCA. Through its Mentor and Graduate Mentor programs, the SCA seeks to increase M/W/LBE participation in school construction projects.

The Mentor Program partners emerging M/W/LBE firms with some of the industry's largest construction management firms, providing the M/W/LBE firm with construction dollars and valuable experience. The program provides:

  • Experience working on SCA projects
  • Technical assistance and training
  • General business, organizational and personnel skills development
  • Marketing and business development
  • Fast track payment systems
  • Access to working capital and bonding

A key component of the program is that it targets smaller construction contracts – typically ranging from $80,000 to $750,000 – for M/W/LBE bidding. The SCA hires Construction Managers not only to ensure that all projects are completed safely, on time and within budget, but also to mentor and provide technical assistance to participating firms. The projects are exempt from bonding and do not require union affiliation; however, participating firms must pay prevailing wages.

In order to participate in the Mentor Program, you must meet certain criteria.

Based on these criteria, do you want to certify?