Leodanys Collazo had reached a dead end, personally and professionally. A suggestion from his wife and avid supporter to look into an FIU program changed everything, opening a career path that landed him a lucrative job in construction safety management.

Collazo is a graduate of the Certificate Program on Construction Trades at FIU’s Moss Department of Construction Management. Funded by the Lennar Foundation, the free program is designed to provide underserved members of the community with the skills needed to succeed in the construction industry—offering food, transportation and the opportunity to speak to employers.

“Lennar is providing an opportunity to be successful in the construction industry to those who need it most – veterans coming back to civilian life, abused women in difficult situations and those who made a mistake and ended up in the justice system,” says Jose Faria, endowed chair of the Moss Department of Construction Management.

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