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CoA Receives Two California Apprenticeship Initiative Grants

13 November 2019

College of Alameda Will Receive $977,022 for Workforce Training

Alameda, CA – November 13, 2019—The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI) has awarded College of Alameda (CoA) two grants to support workforce training programs. The first grant, for $477,022, will be used to establish a Re-Entry Apprenticeships in Logistics (REAL) Project at the college. The grant will fund a public-private partnership offering new logistics, warehousing, and electronic repair apprenticeships for federal prison inmates eligible to participate in paid, work-based training; an exceptionally underserved and high-need population.

 

REAL is sponsored by Surplus Service, a Fremont-based e-waste UpcyclIT® management company that has partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Prisons to establish its warehousing operations in two federal prison facilities, located in Atwater and Terminal Island, California, with the potential for expansion across the prison system.

 

This innovative public/private partnership will model apprenticeships in new occupations such as e-waste management and liquidation while equipping inmates with the skills, experience, and direct employment connections they need for successful re-entry into their communities.

 

“In order for someone returning from prison to successfully re-enter our community, having a job is essential,” says College of Alameda President Tim Karas. “With high-quality training resulting in gainful employment, recidivism rates have been proven to decrease significantly.”

 

The REAL program proposes to hire 40 apprentices beginning Fall 2020, and to graduate each of these individuals with a DAS certificate of apprenticeship, 21 units of college credit, and a COA Certificate of Achievement in Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics that is recognized by California.

 

The second CAI grant, for $500,000, will be used to implement a Teamster’s Apprenticeship Program at CoA that will enroll and train 48 apprentices, with 20 apprentices reaching journey status. CoA applied for the grant in partnership with Northern California Teamsters Apprentice Training and Education Trust (NCTAT), and in collaboration with the West Oakland Job Resource Center (WOJRC), the California Labor Federation, Teamsters Joint Council 7, the Port of Oakland, Sea-Logix LLC, Tri-Valley Water Trucks, Reliable Trucking, and an Apprenticeship Consultant from the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS).

 

Peralta Community College District Chancellor Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud is enthusiastic about CoA working with industry partners to provide innovative workforce training opportunities. “These grants will not only offer important job training opportunities for members of our community, they also will help ensure that the training results in greater employment opportunities for students with industry partners,” Said Dr. Stanback Stroud.

 

The Teamster’s Apprenticeship Program collaboration was established to plan and develop a transportation, distribution, logistics (TDL) workforce pipeline system to meet industry workforce needs, with emphasis on supporting the development of the Oakland Army Base as a Global Logistics Complex. The City and Port of Oakland jointly own the Oakland Army Base and has adopted a plan to transform the Oakland Army Base into a Global Logistics Complex, comprised of ten 240,000 sq. ft. cross-dock warehouses, and is projected to create 600 – 1,000 TDL jobs by 2025.

 

For more information contact Eva Jennings, CoA Dean, Dean of CTE and Workforce Education, ejennings@peralta.edu, (510) 748-2318.

 

About College of Alameda

College of Alameda (CoA)is a two-year community college located at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pkwy, Alameda, California. The college has been inspiring students to achieve academic success since. Situated on a beautiful park-like campus on the island city of Alameda, CoA offers academic programs that transfer to four-year universities and workforce training programs in a variety of career areas. Students of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to enroll. CoA is fully accredited by ACCJC/WASC and is one of four colleges in the Peralta Community College District (PCCD).

 

 

About California Apprenticeship Initiative hub:

The California Apprenticeship Initiative hub is an online resource designed to provide information and resources to recipients of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office’s California Apprenticeship Initiative and anyone else who is interested in expanding apprenticeship opportunities. The CAI Hub is administered by the Foundation for California Community Colleges—a unique 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports the Community College system through diverse and far-reaching programs that touch on key issues in California and throughout the nation, including workforce development, student success, air quality, technology, healthcare, and learning programs for at-risk students. Learn more about some of the Foundation’s programs at foundationccc.org.

 

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