The California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI) has awarded College of the Canyons a US$250,000 grant to provide pre-apprenticeships that will prepare students with workforce-ready skills and fulfill the requirements of the construction sector in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Between August 2022 and June 2024, the institution will offer a pre-apprenticeship to apprenticeship pathway to 50 individuals in collaboration with the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters (SWRCC) and the William S. Hart Union High School District.
- Through a new grant from the California Apprenticeship Initiative, Canyons students will be focused on workforce-ready skills.
- The $250,000 grant will fund pre-apprenticeships that will equip students to meet the needs of Santa Clarita Valley’s construction industry.
- The College of the Canyons will offer a pre-apprenticeship to apprenticeship program to 50 people between August 2022 and June 2024.
Through its involvement with the California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI), a grant opportunity will support the creation of new apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship training programs.
Through coaching to improve student and employer participation and building a common community of practice for college supervisors of apprenticeship programs, Canyons students will be able to immerse themselves in the industry.
According to Harriet Happel, dean of career and technical education at the college, the pre-apprenticeship pathway leads to an apprenticeship opportunity, and students can earn stackable, industry-recognized credentials.
The grant will go toward a construction technologies pre-apprenticeship program at the college’s Canyon Country campus, as well as a construction technologies dual-enrollment program at the William S. Hart Union High School District.
College of the Canyons students will have a competitive advantage when it comes to achieving social and economic mobility in the workforce with this grant.
Moreover, students will be prepared for one or more of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Union Registered Apprenticeship programs under the Southwest Carpenters Training Fund after completing the program.
The project will collaborate closely with veterans’ organizations, America’s Job Centers, and other community stakeholders in order to recruit from communities that have been disproportionately impacted.
The project is designed to assist both students and industry, as well as aid the state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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