HBI Graduates Recognized

HBI Job Corps graduates Dyle Romero and Stephane Del Rosario were recognized for their exemplary achievements in the building industry during award presentations at the 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in January.

Romero received the NAHB Chairman’s Award from outgoing NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg. The award is presented annually to an outstanding HBI Job Corps graduate who has overcome adversity to achieve success in the building industry.

Romero graduated from the HBI Job Corps Facilities Maintenance Program at the Grafton Job Corps Center in North Grafton, Mass. He enrolled there soon after moving to New York from his native Trinidad and Tobago. He quickly demonstrated leadership, becoming an ambassador for the center and, then, a shop foreman, mentoring other students.

He earned a full-time entry-level technician position with Boston weatherization contractor, Next Step Living, after interning with the firm. Romero was part of a two-person crew that held for nearly six months the Next Step Living record for the largest attic contract completed in a single day. Other crews vying for the record were made up of three people.

Romero is now truck lead in charge of a three-person crew. “Since his first day, he has matured to become a leader within our division,” said Adam Orszulak, director of operations for Next Step Living. “I was told by his manager recently that when Dyle is assigned new crew members on his truck, the first thing he does is lay down the ground rules and let the new crew members know exactly what he is going to expect of them.”

Del Rosario, a graduate of the HBI Job Corps Electrical Program at the Treasure Island Job Corps Center in San Francisco received her award from Shirley McVay Wiseman and 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty. It is presented annually to an outstanding female HBI Job Corps graduate who has gone on to achieve success in the building industry.

Del Rosario is a shift assembly technician and operator at Bloom Energy, a leader in generating clean and reliable power. In her position, she is responsible for inspecting equipment, conducting preventative maintenance and managing other team members. She was named Bloom’s “Employee of the Month” in October 2012.

“Stephane demonstrates the ability to lead and manage multiple priorities with different requests effectively. She delivers the highest levels of performance and consistently meets deadlines. She assists her fellow team members with difficult situations and challenges when they need help. She has a professional and courteous attitude toward everyone she works with and is an excellent communicator,” said Kiet Van, her supervisor at Bloom Energy.

In the five years since graduation, Del Rosario also has been one of only two female service technicians for Sears, earned an associate’s degree, enrolled in a California teacher credentialing program, served as a substitute instructor for the HBI electrical program in which she once was a student, married and is now a mother to two daughters.

“We are very proud of Dyle and Stephane and the skill and professionalism they have displayed to be recognized with these awards,” said John Courson, HBI president and CEO. “These awards validate their dedication to their respective crafts, and their stories are testaments to their HBI instructors’ commitments to a skilled workforce for the building industry.”

HBI Job Corps is part of the nation’s oldest and largest residential education and job training program for at-risk youth. Housed in the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps offers real life, hands-on training to help young people acquire three vital pieces of the employment puzzle: trades training, basic academics and employability skills.