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Woodhaven resident named
Building Skills New York’s Queens
construction worker of the month
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
Woodhaven resident Cristian
Orellana was named
Building Skills New York’s
Queens worker of the month for
The nonprofi t organization’s mission
is to provide an effi cient and
convenient process for finding a
construction job for New York’s underserved
residents, who have long
been unable to gain access to careers
in the construction industry.
Earlier this year, Orellana connected
with Building Skills New York
at a job fair event in the Bronx.
At the time, Orellana was actively
searching for work and had applied
for many jobs, but hadn’t been able to
secure a position. He began working
as a painter for OV Painting on the
Kaufman Astoria Studios expansion
Over the next month, Orellana
worked hard to earn the respect of his
boss. Through the tips that Building
Skills gave him, Orellana recognized
the importance of reliability and
punctuality in proving himself to his
Aft er the completion of the Kaufman
project, Orellana began working
on the 25 Park Row project in Lower
Manhattan. Unfortunately, by mid-
March the COVID-19 pandemic forced
the site to shut down.
A father of two, Orellana was worried
about what the New York Pause
meant for his ability to provide for his
family. However, his dedicated work
had paid off , and his employer continued
to provide him with a paycheck
throughout the shutdown.
As work sites began to reopen, Orellana’s
employer not only gave him his
job back, but they promoted him to
the foreman level. Now, he’s working
in his position on The West, a condo
development that spans from 11th Avenue
between 47th and 48th streets.
“Not only did Building Skills connect
me with my current employer, but
they also gave me the tools I needed
to succeed in the industry,” said
Orellana. “By having a hard working
mindset and applying what I learned
through Building Skills to my current
job, I’ve been able to start building a
true career in construction.”
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