Twenty four San Mateo County residents graduated from the Trades Introduction Program, which is designed to prepare students for a career in the construction trades. This is the fourth graduating class of the the 90-hour pre-apprenticeship program, offered at the College of San Mateo.
The SMC Union Community Alliance, which administers the program, has received additional grant funding through the California Workforce Investment Board to offer four more classes in 2016. Thirty of the 80 graduates have already found work in one of the apprenticeship programs offered by the building trades.
Program instructor Dan Pasini says the course provides a bridge to the building trades by offering skills used on-the-job, such as reading blueprints, basic math for construction, tool identification and use, and job site expectations and work ethic.
“Disadvantaged youth, women, underserved minorities, along with veterans, are encouraged to apply” for the 15 week course, says Pasini.
For more information about future classes, contact Rayna Lehman at 650-341-7711.