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Green Building and Clean Energy Pre-Apprenticeship
Training Partnerships:

Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Clean Energy Pre-Apprenticeship (CEPA) Program

Type of organization: Accredited California Community College.

Type of training: Training f that leads toward a solid foundation in renewable energy principles and utility technology, including distribution fundamentals and installation of utility-scale solar energy. Both classroom and hands-on training provides knowledge and job skills in a variety of broad-based renewable energy fields, with a specific focus on Solar/Photovoltaic installation and electrical distribution.

Area served: Greater Los Angeles area.

Location of training: Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

Estimated trainees: 150

Instruction details: Individuals for this program do not need any prior experience in the energy or construction fields. Since the program will address some basics skills deficits, they will not necessarily need a GED or high school diploma. Special efforts will be made to outreach to groups who are at-risk and have the most challenges in finding employment, including emancipated foster youth (ages 18 – 21), previously incarcerated individuals, returning veterans, and other at risk populations. An innovative aspect of the program is its active effort to recruit women into the energy and electrical distribution fields.

All of the training was developed with input from public or investor owned utility companies, as well as other employers. All trainees will complete modules in Clean Energy Career Exploration, Work Readiness, Contextualized Basic Skills, and Sustainability and Clean Energy Concepts. They will then choose one of two career pathways for more intensive training – Solar/PV installation and Maintenance or Electrical Distribution/Line worker Training. Cohorts of 35 to 40 individuals will begin every 12 to 14 weeks during the grant period.

Result of classes: CEPA will provide short-term industry-recognized training for entry-level energy professionals and is designed as a "portal" for individuals in low-income areas to enter apprenticeship programs or employment.

More about the organization: This program is a collaborative partnership which includes Los Angeles Trade Technical College (the project lead), Los Angeles Community College District, the LA County Workforce Investment Board, the Los Angeles City Workforce Investment Board and public and private employers.

Find more information here: TBA

Program Manager Contact:
Leticia Barajas
(213) 763-7071


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