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Grossmont College offers ironworkers' apprenticeship program

Posted on: Jul 25, 2018 12:00:00 AM
In: Grossmont, District
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Contact: Della Elliott (619) 644-7690 della.elliott@gcccd.edu

If joining the ranks of well-paid ironworkers piques your interest, Grossmont College is partnering with Ironworkers Local 229 to offer a two-week pre-apprenticeship program to introduce trainees to the field, after which they may be selected as paid apprentices with starting salaries and benefits  totaling nearly $30 an hour.

Ironworkers are in the construction trades, building the structural steel framework of metal buildings, stadiums, arenas, hospitals, towers and bridges. Journeymen earn salary packages totaling nearly $70 an hour.  The start dates for this year’s remaining two-week pre-apprenticeship sessions are July 27 and Oct. 12. The first cohort of 10 trainees completed the pre-apprenticeships in June, with all hired for the next phase as paid apprentices. A fourth cohort will start Feb. 22, 2019. The training combines hands-on learning with classroom work from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Ironworkers Training Center at 3888 Beech St. in the Fairmount Park neighborhood of San Diego.

“Grossmont College is very pleased to offer ironworkers a solid, dependable career option through these earn-as-you-learn apprenticeships,” said Javier Ayala, dean of Career and Technical Education and Workforce
Development. “The hands-on training and education provided through these apprenticeships transform lives.”

The pre-apprenticeships are designed to provide trainees an opportunity to learn about the field and to get acquainted with ironworking before committing to the full-fledged, paid apprenticeships which typically take four years to complete. During the pre-apprenticeships, contractors drop by to observe trainees and to select the most promising for the paid apprenticeships.

The pre-apprenticeship program was developed from a $410,000 grant awarded to Grossmont College in 2017, a share of the $15 million California Apprenticeship Initiative Grant Program approved by the state community colleges Board of Governors. As part of the grant-funded program, the college’s Career Technical Education and Workforce Development division is in the process of starting up a mobile lab with virtual welding units and other career exploration activities in its outreach efforts throughout the East County.

To apply, contact program coordinator Erika Arangure at 619-644-7898 or at Erika.Arangure@gcccd.edu

Participants must be at least 18 years old and must have graduated high school or completed a GED. Women and those from underserved communities are encouraged to apply.

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District serves about 29,000 students each semester, nearly 19,000 at Grossmont College and almost 10,000 at Cuyamaca College.  For more information about the colleges, go to www.gcccd.edu

Ironworkers during an apprenticeship trainingIsteelworkers on construction beam

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