The Apprenticeship Preparation Program Summer 2016 class graduated last week, and graduates are off to start their careers!
The graduation ceremony celebrated the resilience and determination all the graduates demonstrated over the last 10 weeks. Program instructor Daniel Torres hosted the evening and encouraged the class to keep growing and to reach out for support, telling them, “We never close the door on anyone.” Keynote speaker Chris Reynauld, a 2014 APP graduate, spoke about his path to become an IBEW apprentice. Student speaker Steve Guardian reflected on his experience this semester, telling the audience, “Now my whole mindset is union. Getting jobs in unions will change our lives.”
We also honored our partner 2nd Call, which provides essential life skills sessions, helping students work through emotional issues and develop effective communication strategies. Finally, Ron Miller of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, along with our own President Jaylene Moseley, presented certificates to the graduates, marking the end of their journey in the APP class and the start of their journey toward union careers.
We are immensely proud of all our graduates. Despite facing major barriers related to poverty, incarceration, and violence, students committed themselves to learn new skills and becoming better people.
Watch our video on YouTube to hear from graduates and see some highlights from the semester.