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Building on its success in 2022, NAMC University will grow even more in the coming year as staff are looking forward to a return to in-person courses after three years of pandemic restrictions and precautions.


Jarrelle Marshall, NAMC-OR’s Small Business Program Coordinator, said the program relaunched over the summer with the intention of providing a curated suite of trainings and courses that were responsive to the requests and needs of its membership.

Of the 10 trainings over the summer and fall, one of the most highly attended was led by Bill Bruce, project manager of Raimore Construction. Bruce spoke about cost estimating with an emphasis on flatwork, or horizontal concrete, in anticipation of the I-5 Rose Quarter project that will kick off in 2023. Raimore and Hamilton Sundt are leading the team for that project.


During the first and second quarters of 2023, NAMC-OR will determine its upcoming slate of trainings and courses based on previous ones that were well attended and received the most positive feedback. It also will offer more courses hosted by additional partners.


In addition, NAMC University has renewed its status as a CCB-approved continuing education provider. Along with serving to enrich BIPOC business owners, it provides credits toward the CE requirements that contractors are required to obtain in order to keep their license current, Marshall said.