Celebrating the Success of the Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship (BTPA) Program’s 6th Cohort

We are thrilled to announce the successful completion of our 6th cohort in our Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship (BTPA) Program. With three productive sessions at our 399 facility and two at the Rountree facility for the Department of Corrections, the BTPA continues to expand its impact and reach. We are immensely proud of our graduates’ dedication and our ability to secure meaningful employment through comprehensive training.

The 6th cohort saw 12 dedicated students graduate, all prepared to advance their vocational journeys in the trades. This group was particularly notable for including three graduates from Alternative Education, a testament to the COE’s impactful work within the community. Their success stories highlight the diverse and inclusive nature of our program.

One standout graduate from this cohort has taken the electrician union entrance exam with IBEW Local 234 and is currently awaiting the results. This individual has also applied to the Watsonville Waste Water Treatment Center, demonstrating a clear trajectory toward full-time employment. Another graduate’s recent entrance into the Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 union exemplifies BTPA’s ability to provide a solid career trajectory for our participants.

Looking ahead, the BTPA is set to complete the 2023-2024 school year with the graduation of its 3rd cohort at Rountree in May. Upon their release, these graduates will be equipped with work boots and a stipend, empowering them to transition seamlessly into the trades workforce.

We take immense pride in our program’s growth and the success of our graduates. Their journeys underscore the importance of providing accessible, high-quality training that leads to meaningful employment opportunities. As we continue to expand and adapt, we remain committed to making a positive impact on our community and beyond.

Stay tuned for more updates on our graduates and the continued growth of the BTPA program.