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CTE Success Story: David Trinidad is living his dream of owning a construction business

February 22, 2023

Passaic CTE Month Success profile David Trinidad

After graduating in 1987 from the School of Construction Technology at Passaic County Technical-Vocational Schools (PCTVS), David Trinidad joined the Carpenters Union Local 124. He went into his career with a head start having participated in the co-op program at PCTVS as a carpenter apprentice. After a successful 30-year career as a member of the NJ Carpenters Union, Trinidad decided to take a chance and pursue his dream of owning a business in the industry he knew so well.

“Although I enjoyed working for other people, I always aspired to manage my own construction company, but was afraid of leaving a current job where I had stability, benefits, and good income,” he explained. 

But in December 2001, he got a sign that it was time to go out on his own. The company he was working for shut down suddenly, and he was out of a job. He was motivated to create a new path for himself, one he had been wanting to head down for awhile.

“In January of 2002, I incorporated Accurate Construction Inc. and never looked back,” he said. “My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!”

Trinidad credits the start he got in high school with the success he enjoys today.

“Thank you, PCTVS, for allowing me to be part of a diverse community of students and teachers who prepared me to work in the construction industry and continue to care about alumni,” he said, adding, “I’m not sure this would have been possible if I hadn’t attended PCTVS.”

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