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    June 16, 2019

    Construction Training Program Tackles Shortage in Building Industry


    In response to the North Bay’s high demand for skilled construction workers, the Marin Builders Association has again partnered with College of Marin, Canal Alliance, and CareerPoint Marin to bring construction training and job opportunities to students Marin. 
    The Education to Career (e2c) construction training program targets entry-level employment, providing the basic skills for success in the construction industry. In addition to technical skills, the program also includes career, financial and personal support to help ensure long-term career success.
    The 2nd cohort of the program culminated earlier this month with a Hiring Event at the Marin Builders Association. On June 4th, nine employers from across the construction industry met with fourteen students in a rapid paced interview format. Each student was interviewed for up to ten minutes. In total there were 58 responses from employers for possible employment follow-up opportunities. It is anticipated that multiple students will be hired into construction jobs here in Marin as a result of this program.

    Canal Alliance will be following up with each of the students over time to track their progress toward employment and advancement with our local construction firms.

    Marin Builders Association members have reported that they are in need of qualified and dependable employees to help maintain and grow their businesses. This program is part of the solution that prepares our workforce for the increasing needs of our industry here in the North Bay.

    “This program is able to leverage and support the Latino workforce, a population that is growing in Marin,” says Gloria Estavillo, Director of Education for Canal Alliance. “The success of Marin’s economy depends on how we develop and utilize the unique strengths of our Latino immigrant community. In order to have a highly-skilled and well-prepared workforce, we need to create accessible educational opportunities like these for community members.”

    In addition to the e2c program, the Marin Builders Association also supports the North Bay Construction Corps - Marin Class, Sponsored by the Mario Ghilotti Family Foundation, as well as the ROP Construction Technology Class at Redwood High School.

    For questions about this program, please contact: 

    Gloria Estavillo at Canal Alliance - (415) 306-0413 or gloriae@canalalliance.org

    Rick Wells, CEO - Marin Builders Association
    415 462-1220
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