Edmonds College Receives State Recognition for New Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program

The Washington State Board of Apprenticeship and Training and Labor and Industries have officially recognized Edmonds College’s construction pre-apprenticeship program. Local 292 – Labourers, Washington’s NW Carpenters Institute (NWCI), Operating Engineers Training Program, Local 528 – Masons and Plasterers, Local 699 – Sprinkler Installers served on the program development oversight committee. NWCI and Local 86 Iron Workers also submitted letters of support for the program, which helped with recognition.

This recognition, which is valid for three years, will allow the college to work more closely with unions to articulate the curriculum for direct or privileged entry into paid apprenticeships. A new application is required after three years to maintain recognition.

For students, this means that upon successful completion of the program, they are more likely to be accepted and registered as apprentices in unions that have supported program recognition. Apprenticeship programs are highly competitive and successful completion of the pre-apprenticeship program provides an advantage over those without this early basic training.

The Construction Pre-Apprenticeship (CAP) Program is a partnership between Edmonds College, the City of Lynnwood, Sound Transit and several other partners to fill a critical labor shortage and provide skills training to community members. The first cohort graduated four students in the fall of 2021. The second cohort began in January 2022 with 10 students. The tuition-free program is offered to local residents. The value of the 10-week course is $5,000 per student.

According to an announcement from Edmonds College, this pre-apprenticeship program will help create opportunities for members of the South Snohomish County community – especially those who are underrepresented in the construction industry, such as women and people of color – to start a career in the skilled construction trades and earn their families. wages and benefits paid.

CAP is a 300-hour program that includes lectures and hands-on experience. The technical skills portion of the program includes math, blueprint reading and drawing, health and safety, tool training, basic building, basic electrical, and basic plumbing. The course also covers work readiness, industry awareness, financial literacy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The college will work with RISE Up (Respect, Inclusion, Safety, and Equity in the Construction Trades) to deliver modules covering implicit bias, emotional intelligence, coded language, diversity and intersectionality, and micro and macroaggressions. DEI learning outcomes are implemented throughout CAP, preparing students for an inclusive workforce. Finally, students create a capstone project demonstrating the connection between theory, practice, and skills learned throughout the program.

Thanks to the generous contribution of $150,000 from Sound Transit, Edmonds College successfully launched the program in the fall of 2021. The program provides many benefits to the community, including increased labor supply. qualified work to support the completion of light rail transit and other major construction projects; unemployed and underemployed residents can move into well-paying, in-demand jobs; and our community enjoys an overall increase in wealth, education and employment. “This program is a fantastic achievement for our community and we are thrilled to have received state recognition, which will only help our students succeed,” said Edmonds College President Dr. Amit Singh.

Additional support comes from Seattle Credit Union, which is awarding graduating students with a new hard hat, tool belt and steel-toed shoes and announced the CAP program as the recipient of their 2021-2022 Feel Good Checking donations. Black and Decker awarded the CAP program a $25,000 grant to increase marketing and outreach efforts in communities and underserved populations.

“I would like to thank the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council, Labor & Industries, SBCTC and the dedicated team at the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center at Edmonds College for helping us achieve this significant achievement,” Singh said.