Without hearing Jennyrae Brongo's story, a cynic might air-quote her ownership of a construction company. But that would be selling this 24-year-old short.Like many members of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAIWC), she is every bit the boss, leading the way at Brongo Contracting & Supply in Spencerport.
Heavy equipment teacher Jim Slocum (right) teaches his students Dan Lawless (center) and Anton Polidori (left) in the “land lab” at Brongo Contracting and Supply. The Center for Workforce Development offers two courses, 72 hours each, in heavy equipment operation.
As Jennyrae Brongo, the 24-year-old owner of an eponymous contracting and supply company in Gates, said goodbye to her father, she realized she had the knowledge and resolve to give her family a normal life. And help dozens of other families in the process.
Brongo Contracting and Supply now partners with the Center for Workforce Development (CWD) in creating “Project Sandbox,” where she gives adult students enrolled in the Heavy Equipment Operation I and II classes access to projects and land at her 16-acre gravel pit to better learn their trade.
Jennyrae Brongo is part of the third generation in her family to work in construction and excavating- an unlikely profession for a 23-year-old woman, but one that she's been preparing for her entire life.