CCAC teams up with other area community colleges to offer Apprenticeship Readiness Program

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

Free training will prepare workers to confidently apply to trade apprenticeships in the region.

PITTSBURGH-As the commercial construction industry continues to expand, the need for skilled tradespeople has never been greater. Construction of power plants, health care facilities, office buildings and mixed-use developments is creating lifelong career opportunities in the construction trades. Major undertakings include the repair and expansion of our region's infrastructure as well as the burgeoning natural gas industry. In Southwestern Pennsylvania alone, industry estimates indicate that $2 billion will be spent on commercial construction in 2018, and that figure does not include construction of the Shell ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.

To meet this high demand, the construction trade associations of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland counties have launched the Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) to help those interested in the trades to successfully apply and be accepted into the tuition-free apprenticeship training programs offered by the region's 16 construction trade unions and their partner contractors. A total of 80 students will be trained at Community College of Allegheny County, Community College of Beaver County, Butler County Community College and Westmoreland County Community College. Each college will host a readiness program and will provide training using a nationally-recognized curriculum from North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU).

The Community College of Allegheny County will hold a four-week, free training program at CCAC's Washington County Center from Oct. 16 to Nov. 9, with classes held daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (150 hours total). The program covers first aid and CPR training, OSHA 10 certifications, construction math, blueprint reading, hands-on instruction with tools and materials at union worksites, tours of union training centers and more. Women, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and veterans will be given priority; however, all interested candidates are urged to apply.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Resources, is providing $200,000 in funding for the ARP. The support of local and national labor unions was also instrumental in the development and funding of the program. Partners include the Pittsburgh Regional Trades Council, NABTU, Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania, Apprenticeship USA, the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board and the Tri-County Workforce Development Board.

For more information on the program or to apply, contact Brian Hannon at 412.788.7357 or

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