ASTRACOR (Spanish acronym – Asociación de Trabajadores de Construcción Residencial) was founded in 2006 as part of an initiative from the Virginia DOLI Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to enhance the skills and employability of residential construction trade workers through specialized bilingual training programs. Part of its mission is also to educate local homeowners through classroom seminars and access to referral services.
ASTRACOR is privileged to have developed unique and first of its kind partnerships with other organizations that assist in guaranteeing the success of its trainees by providing allied support mechanisms and entrepreneurship services. These partners include: Virginia DPOR Board of Contractors, the Building Performance Institute; the Shirlington Employment and Education Center (SEEC); the Francis L. Greenfeld Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute; The National Center for Construction Education and Research; and the Laborers International Union of North America Local 11 (LIUNA) – just to mention a few.
Dave Daly, a native of Chicago, Illinois, is the Training Director for Astracor LLC. Prior to that position he taught vocational construction programs for 25 years at T.C. Williams HS in Alexandria and supplemented his teaching experience by performing home improvement projects as a licensed contractor. He was also a Skills USA advisor for 25 years and Chairman of the Virginia State Building Maintenance competition for 10 years.
He has trainer and field proctor accreditation from BPI in addition to holding the newly recognized DOE NREL Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector accreditations. Astracor also currently holds a Class C HIC/CIC contractor license (# 2705144769) and is an RBEA (Residential Energy Building Analyst) licensed firm (# 2707000086). In addition to running the BPI (Building Performance Institute) Test Center he currently teaches bilingual home improvement workshops for Arlington Adult Education and bilingual contractor certification courses for Virginia DPOR.