Apprenticeship Preparation Program Gets in Shape

It’s hard to believe that the summer semester of our Apprenticeship Preparation Program is already half over. In less than two months, the future apprentices have already accomplished so much. They’ve readied themselves to be excellent candidates for apprenticeships by building their resume-writing and interview skills, as well as building their physical stamina during workouts at CATZ Pasadena. Each student got brand new work boots custom fitted by Red Wing Shoes, and a hard hat, safety vest, and goggles so they can do hands-on training. The Carpenters Union and the Painters Union welcomed students to their training centers, and gave the class an inside look into what it takes to be an apprentice in those trades.

The APP is about a lot more than getting a job in construction. In addition to learning about the industry, students have learned about themselves through life skills workshops with our amazing partner 2nd Call, andtheater exercises that help individuals process trauma. We add activities like these to the program because we understand that creating opportunities for formerly incarcerated and gang-impacted community members requires caring for the whole person.

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