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Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training Program Celebrates Graduation




Marin City Community Development Corporation (MCCDC) held a 4-week boot camp for 12 men who have undergone intensive training under the auspices of the Laborers’ Community Service & Training Foundation (LCTF).


Those who the graduates from the program include: Nick Amos, Josh Thomas, Ra Johnson Wallace, Arnell Banks, Louis Bynum, Andre Hall, Tino Wilson, Alex Hoff, and Samuel Keaton.


LCTF provides job training and helps to advance career pathways through regional workforce development programs. In partnership with MCCDC, LCTF is helping program participants gain Direct-Entry status into Local 261 Laborers Union.


The Trainees’ graduation ceremony took take place on June 11 at the Marin City Community Development Corporation, in Marin City.


This cohort is the second group to undergo this training; 9 graduated last year, and have been gainfully employed, several on the Construction of the Rocky Graham Park in Marin City, and others at major construction sites in the Bay Area. All of the previous graduates have received commendations from their employers. MCCDC Program Participant, E. Chattman states, “This program has helped the lives of many formerly incarcerated people, who needed a second chance at making a livable wage in a sustainable career in construction.”


This program is supported by the Marin City Community Development Corporation, the Marin County Office of Probation, the Marin Community Foundation, and the San Francisco Foundation, and is a partnership between the Phoenix Project, the Marin City Community Service District, and SparkPoint Marin.


The graduates will be interviewed by the administrators of the apprenticeship program, and will receive direct entry in to Local 261 Laborers Union.


During this four-week program, trainees have built retaining walls, cement walls, and cement and tile walkways. They have also learned other required skills including tearing down all that they built. All training is done under the direct supervision of a certified instructor.


The Marin City Community Development Corporation will facilitate this training at its building in Marin City several times a year, and plans to make the program more widely available to Marin residents, while expanding the direct entry training program to all of the trades.


For further information, contact: Andrew Abou Jaoude, Program Manager, at the Marin City Community Development Corp. at (415) 339-2837 ext. 14 or call (415) 912-0530.


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