• Marin Builders Association Announces New Partnership with College of Marin, Canal Alliance and Career Point Marin

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    September 26, 2018

    Construction Training Program to Address Shortage in Building Industry


    In response to the North Bay’s high demand for skilled construction workers, the Marin Builders Association is partnering with College of Marin, Canal Alliance, and CareerPoint Marin to launch a new construction training program. 
    The construction training program targets entry-level employment, providing the skills for success in the construction industry. In addition to technical skills, the program will also provide job placement services and career, financial and personal support to help ensure long-term career success.
    "The program was created by the college and our partners in order to provide a well-trained, highly qualified, and diversified construction workforce that will meet the projected needs of the region,” says Dr. Elizabeth Pratt, Dean of Workforce Development and Career Education at College of Marin. 
    “Our collective goal is to train aspiring construction professionals specifically to ensure their long-term success,” says Pratt. “The training includes not only construction skills, but a range of other capabilities, including career readiness, financial coaching, and basic work skills.”

    Rick Wells, CEO of the Marin Builders Association added, “Our members have told us that they are in need of qualified and dependable candidates to help maintain and grow their businesses. This program will be part of the solution that prepares our workforce for the increasing needs of our industry here in the North Bay. This progarm is part of a bigger solution that involves multiple programs acoss a variety of disciplines and training platforms.” 
    “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.”
    With an initial estimated class size of 15, the program lasts for seven weeks, important in preparing candidates in a timely manner.
    According to Sherry Parr, Marin County business engagement representative and board member of the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay, “Time is of the essence in creating opportunities, especially in the wake of the North Bay fires. “The number of people and businesses rebuilding translates to great opportunities for our workforce. There’s never been a better time to be in construction.”

    The first class starts on September 25, meeting twice a week; classes are at Canal Alliance in San Rafael, with hands-on construction labs on Saturdays at the College of Marin, Novato campus.

    For questions about this program, please contact: 
    E2C Office at College of Marin - (415) 883-2211 x8205 or email tjohnson@marin.edu 

    Si tiene preguntas, por favor llame:
    Gloria Estavillo a Canal Alliance - (415) 306.0413 envíe un correo electrónic a gloriae@canalalliance.org

    Click here for details about the program

    Recently featured in the North Bay Buisness Journal!  Click here for article.

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