Celebrating the First APP Graduation Amidst COVID-19

Just three weeks ago, we celebrated the first seven graduates from the hybridized model of the Apprenticeship Preparation Program.


In June, as the pandemic continued and individuals needed opportunities more urgently than ever before, Flintridge Center staff resumed a hybridized model of the program with adjustments to preserve the health of participants and staff. At that time, Flintridge Center’s APP was one of the only operating programs offering a Building Trades-approved curriculum in Los Angeles County. For participants, this presented an unprecedented opportunity to enter in-demand careers, as union hiring has continued amidst the crisis.


Graduate and Pasadena resident Reginald Beasley was working at the Rose Bowl until he was laid off due to the pandemic. “Since I’ve been in class, I’ve learned a lot. It’s given me a positive mind frame, and not wanting to go back to doing things I was doing that weren’t good. The best thing about it is learning how I can better myself.” After graduating from the program, Reginald plans on joining the laborers union.


Huge congrats to all of the graduates, as completing the APP curriculum while taking COVID-19 precaution is no small feat. Finally, our deepest thanks to our volunteers and partners who make this program possible!


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