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Get prepared for a new career in construction at Los Angeles Urban League’s CCIC. This free workshop is designed to provide essential workplace skills that will help accelerate your path to full employment in the construction industry.

Classes will cover:

  • Construction mathematics
  • Effective job interviewing skills in a construction setting
  • Existing employment opportunities
  • What it takes to get into a Union
  • And more

The CCIC workshop is made up of six classes and runs for two weeks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Students should attend all six classes to successfully complete the workshop and receive all the information.

Empowering Communities. Changing Lives.

Alicia Jimenez

Alicia Jimenez came to this country in 1983 determined to make a better a life for herself and her family. Despite multiple obstacles such as not knowing the language, homelessness and a limited education, the single mother of one managed to overcome those challenges and get on a path to self-sufficiency.

Alicia took whatever jobs she could find and worked as a street vendor to help ends meet until she was able to enroll herself at Chaffey College. While at Chaffey she was able to earn three OSHA certifications and strengthened her English language skills.

She then heard about the Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL) and the Construction Careers Information Center (CCIC). With the help of the Urban League and CCIC, Alicia was able to deepen her knowledge of construction, learn what it takes to join a union, and learn best practices for job safety and staying on the job.

Because of her hard work and dedication to the program, in early 2018 Jimenez was able to secure a full-time position with Los Angeles Metro as a unionized carpenter. “I am very thankful to Los Angeles Urban League and CCIC,” said Jimenez. “I could not have done this without their unlimited support and guidance.”

Jarmain Gordon

After 17 years in prison, Jarmaine Gordon was looking for a new direction. He felt that pursuing a career as a construction apprentice would give him more stability and opportunities for personal and professional advancement.

In June 2017, he attended the Construction Careers Information Center’s two-week workshop, with a curriculum that included: new work habits, goal-setting, problem-solving skills and construction math computation.

Upon completion of the workshop he was referred to the Southwest Carpenters Training Fund’s “Brothers’ Keeper Program” for a three-week pre-apprenticeship training. With the help of CCIC he completed their carpenter’s apprenticeship and is now employed with Nova Drywall Systems and a member of a local union.

Katrice Glass

Like many ex-offenders, Katrice Glass was met with multiple barriers when she tried to re-enter society after serving 16 years in prison. While trying to get her life back on track she held multiple low-wage jobs while caring for her daughter and uncle who had fallen ill and could not care for himself.

Katrice started looking for a more stable job and visited her local Workforce Center where she learned about Los Angeles Urban League and the Construction Careers Information Center (CCIC). She was interested in the apprenticeship program and joining a construction union.

Early in 2018 Katrice completed the CCIC program and is now employed with Skanska/Traylor as a Carpenter Apprentice. “I’m so thankful for the Urban League and CCIC,” said Glass. Because of the training I received I was able to get a job and create a safe environment for my family.”

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