Southwestern College will offer a free program this fall semester that aims to open opportunities and prepare students for careers in the construction industry.
The High Road Construction Apprenticeship Readiness Program will be available this fall semester at Southwestern College in partnership with the San Diego County Building & Construction Trades Council. The 12-week program aims to open opportunities for underrepresented students.
“We’ve long worked to build programs that help our students thrive outside of traditional academic setting—and the Apprenticeship Readiness Program is exactly the kind of training that gives students a real opportunity,” said Southwestern College Governing Board President Roberto Alcantar at a press conference last week.
The program is built on the nationally-recognized Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) model developed by the National Association of Building Trades Unions. According to college officials, 97 percent of graduates from the program move into construction careers, including local union apprenticeships.
“Thanks to the partners who make this program possible, we’re able to offer this valuable experience at no cost to our students—meaning that our students can earn valuable experience and certifications they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford,” said Myesha Jackson, director of Continuing Education at Southwestern College.
More information the Southwestern College program will be posted on the college’s Continuing Education webpage.