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The Pasadena/Altadena Apprenticeship Preparation Program is a free program to prepare young adults for paid apprenticeships in the construction trades. The course provides the information, skills and experience needed to successfully apply for a union apprenticeship. Graduates of the course are better prepared to meet the entrance requirements that each apprenticeship training program requires.


Once accepted into a union apprenticeship, individuals earn while they learn and receive full benefits. Plumber, ironworker, electrician, carpenter, brick layer, glazier-these are just a few of the many apprenticeship opportunities in LA County. Upon completing the two-to-five year apprenticeship (depending on the trade), a qualified journey worker can earn $60,000 to $100,000 in a construction career.

The 16 - week Apprenticeship Preparation course runs through June 20, 2009. Two class sessions will be offered. Each class meets four times per week. The course covers construction math; hands-on experience with tools; basic construction safety; "green" construction; blueprints; rigging; and employability skills such as resume writing, interview techniques and work habits. There are presentations by union representatives and field trips to apprenticeship training centers and actual construction sites. The instructors promote a supportive team learning environment and provide individual attention. Books, journals and calculators are donated by Flintridge Operating Foundation.

Barry Johnson of Altadena, who graduated from the course in 2008, is helping to recruit participants for the upcoming session. He found the class to be a life-changing experience. "It gives you avenues. It changed my career thinking," he said.

Johnson is eagerly waiting for his test results from the electrical union. While this is his first choice of a trade, he has also applied to take the apprenticeship exams at a number of other unions. "I can't wait to be in any one of them," he said with great enthusiasm, noting that the paid apprenticeship training with benefits has the added payoff of leading to a high wage career in construction.

Men and women, 17-1/2 and older, who have a desire to work in one of the construction trades (particularly those who are residents of Pasadena/Altadena), are encouraged to sign up for the Apprenticeship Preparation course. Applicants must have a high school diploma, GED or be willing to enroll in a GED program.

Classes will take place as follows: Class 1: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 6:00 pm to 9:45 pm, at the Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., Room 206, Pasadena.

Class 2: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 2:00 pm to 5:45 pm, at the Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Room 310, Pasadena.

For information on how to register, contact Brian Biery, Flintridge Operating Foundation, 626/449-0839, x117, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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