Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeship Preparation Programs Formally Recognized by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC)

The following Apprenticeship Preparation programs are formally recognized by the WSATC as meeting defined minimum standards for successful preparatory programs. These standards are described in WSATC Policy 2012-03 as passed in April, 2012.

Full text of the policy is available at WSATC 2012-03 (118 KB PDF).

Formally recognized apprenticeship preparation programs are commended for their efforts to link students to registered apprenticeship opportunities in accordance with recognized best practices. Each of the programs recognized, have at least 1 established working relationship with an apprenticeship program sponsor, many have more than 1. The WSATC believes and the Washington Workforce Training Results prove that apprenticeship produces highly skilled workers and contributes to the economic vitality of our state. Get connected, get enrolled, start building your career path today.  Contact the program representatives for more information.

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  • Expand/collapse ANEW (Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women)

    ANEW is a non-profit organization linking women to apprenticeships and livable wage jobs in construction trades, manufacturing, aerospace and utilities. We support women of all ages and backgrounds, and the apprenticeships and employers who advocate for their success.
    Contact:
    Website: www.ANEWaop.org
    Location:
    Puget Sound Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee -
    Training Center (view map)
    550 SW 7th Street, Suite B305, Renton Wash. 98057
    Phone: 206-381-1384
    Fax: 206-381-1389

  • Expand/collapse Curlew Job Corps Center - Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs

    The Curlew Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center was established in 1965 and is managed by the Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service. The center’s programs serve youth, both men and women, who are a minimum of 16 years of age, but have not reached their 25th birthday. The Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council formally recognized 4 of the center’s pre-apprenticeship programs including:

    • Construction Carpentry
    • Construction Bricklaying
    • Construction Painting
    • Construction Craft Laborer

    These 4 programs have long standing relationships with registered apprenticeship program sponsors dating back to the 1970s. Each is endorsed by one or more registered apprenticeship program sponsors in Washington State.
    The student experience is focused on employability and incorporating basic workplace skills. Rigorous physical fitness training is incorporated into each Pre-Apprenticeship training day, with callisthenic-type exercises, a varied recreation program and team sports.  Hands-on projects, each day, also build skill, ability, strength and conditioning.
    Contact: Scott Palmer
    Email: stpalmer@fs.fed.us
    Website: curlew.jobcorps.gov/Home.aspx
    Location:
    Curlew Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center
    3 Campus Street
    Curlew, Wash. 99118
    Phone: 1-800-513-4884
    Enrollment Contact:
    If you or someone you know is interested in joining Job Corps or would like more information, please call 800-733-JOBS or 800-733-5627. An operator will provide you with general information about Job Corps, refer you to the admissions counselor closest to where you live, and mail you an information packet.

  • Expand/collapse Manufacturing Academy - AJAC

    The Manufacturing Academy, sponsored by the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) offers a solid foundational career pathway into aerospace and advanced manufacturing apprenticeship opportunities. This preparatory program is engaged in the full time pursuit of job training and education with the local Community and Technical Colleges with a focus on apprenticeship readiness training. Successful students are provided with valuable skills, training and knowledge necessary to secure employment and meet the minimum qualifications for apprenticeship in aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors. Currently offered in Pierce County, the Manufacturing Academy will soon expand to other counties across Washington State
    Contact: Lynn Strickland, Administrator
    email: lstrickland@ajactraining.org
    Website: www.ajactraining.org/apprenticeship/pre-apprenticeships/
    Information Sessions:
    Wednesdays, 3 p.m. – Family Investment Center: 1724 East 44th St., Tacoma
    Thursdays, 10 a.m. – WorkForce Central: 3650 South Cedar St., Tacoma

  • Expand/collapse New Market Skills Center - Construction Trades Program

    The Construction Trades program at New Market Skills Center is a pre-apprenticeship program teaching entry level construction skills and knowledge. The course covers both residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on job site safety. Additionally, students focus on employability skills, problem-solving, trainability, as well as team building. The course goal is to prepare students for direct entry into a registered apprenticeship program by meeting rigorous academic and industry standards. Students learn “real world” experiences through field trips, guest speakers, and hands-on activities and projects.
    Contact: Matt Gordon, Instructor
    email: matt.gordon@tumwater.k12.wa.us
    Website: New Market Construction Trades
    Location:
    7299 New Market Street SW
    Tumwater, Wash. 98501-6536
    Phone: 360-570-4500

  • Expand/collapse Tulalip Construction Training Center (TCTC)

    Tulalip Construction Training Center (TCTC) is a training organization under the Tulalip Tribes TERO department (Tribal Employment Rights Office). Our focus is training Native Americans and their families allowing them to secure family wage positions in the construction field.

    Our training facility has been in operation since 2002 and is accredited through Edmonds Community College. Completion of all units enables our students to earn their “Construction Industry Trades” graduate diploma. We work closely with many registered apprenticeship programs and completion of our training allows preferential and/or direct entry into their programs. Our training units currently focus on:

        • Carpentry
        • Plumbing
        • Electrical
        • Cement Masonry
        • Welding

    Instructor: Mark Newland - 360-716-4759
    CIT Office Coordinator: William Burchett - 360-716-4759
    Program Coordinator: Lynne Bansemer - 360-716-4746

  • Expand/collapse Seattle Vocational Institute - Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (PACT)

    The SVI-PACT program is designed to assist men and women, including those non-traditionally employed in the trade, to gain the skills needed to become successful competitors for building and construction trade apprenticeship programs. Participants learn trade skills, which are relevant to the work-site of various trade occupations.
    Topics include construction terminology, industrial safety and trades math. Students also learn forklift operation, and road flagging. Emphasis is on learning skills and adopting positive attitudes that lead to becoming a productive member of any work-site team or organization.
    Subjects and activities that focus on building habits for success include personal learning styles, time management, understanding non-verbal communication, initiative taking, group-team communication, line/staff/team organization, etc.
    SVI-PACT is endorsed by multiple area apprenticeship programs.

    Contact: Diane Davies, Program Coordinator
    Email: diane.davies@seattlecolleges.edu
    Website: sviweb.sccd.ctc.edu/p_pact.htm
    Location:
    2120 South Jackson Street
    Seattle, Wash. 98144
    Phone: 206-934-4950

  • Expand/collapse Tri-Cities Apprenticeship Preparation Program

    The Tri Cities program is completing its fifth year of operation and has successfully worked with over 100 students per year. This program is operated by Tri Tech Skills Center and available to high school juniors and seniors attending Construction Technology or Welding Technology as well as students from the surrounding 14 area high schools who are in a connecting Career and Technical Education course (i.e., welding, woods, agriculture, engineering, materials science, Fire Fighting, CADD, etc.). The districts included in the program are Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, Finley, Columbia, Kiana Benton, North Franklin and Prosser.

    Contact:
    Lisa McKinney, Program Coordinator
    lisa.mckinney@ksd.org
    Website: Tri Tech Skills Center
    Location:
    5929 W. Metaline,
    Kennewick, Wash. 99336
    Phone: 509-222-7300

  • Expand/collapse Yakima Valley Technical (YV Tech) Skills Center - Green Energy/Electrical Technician Prep Program

    The Green /Electrical Technician program is a pre-apprenticeship program teaching the basics in residential and commercial wiring, blueprint reading, NEC code, wind energy tech, solar, motor controls, PLC training and HVAC controls. Students gain a global perspective of how multiple energy sources are produced, generated, transmitted and distributed. Students research and develop various energy sources, both renewable and nonrenewable for commercial, residential, and transportation industries; investigating the potential environmental impact of each source. Students engage in the exploration of current and prospective conservation strategies focused on the effective use of energy. Additional program information includes:
    Green/Electrical Technician Safety Certifications
    • CPR/First Aid
    • OSHA 11 Construction
    • HILTI (Power Actuated) Certification
    • SP-2 (Nationally recognized environmental safety certification)
    • L&I Sponsored Injured Young Worker series

    Contact:

    1120 S. 18th Street
    Yakima, Wash. 98901-3654
    509-573-5500
    Email: Stanley.douglas@yakimaschools.org
    Website: www.yvtech.us

  • Apprenticeship Preparation Programs Not Yet Recognized by the WSATC

    If one of the above pre-apprenticeship programs above is not available to help improve your basic skills before applying to an apprenticeship program, then maybe one of following programs listed below, which are not currently officially recognized by the WSATC, may be available. You may also research training opportunities through area high schools, community and technical colleges and community organizations. Training is recommended for individuals who need to improve their basic skills before applying to an apprenticeship program.

  • Expand/collapse Apprenticeship Opportunities Project

    P.O. Box 4217
    Renton, Wash. 98057
    physical address:
    550 SW 7th Street Suite B-305
    Renton, Wash. 980578
    Phone: 206-381-1384
    Fax: 206-381-1389
    Email: Lisa@anewaop.org
    Website: portjobs.org/our-programs/apprenticeship-opportunities-project

    The Apprenticeship Opportunities Project, funded by the Office of Port JOBS and operated by ANEW, helps people in King County prepare for and apply to apprenticeship programs in construction work. Services include community outreach, individual skills assessment and career counseling, and support services. Each participant is interviewed to determine interests and qualifications and is then referred to an apprenticeship program. Support services funds are available to low-income participants who are accepted into apprenticeship programs and available to buy items such as tools, work clothes, and other equipment needed to begin work.

  • Expand/collapse Apprenticeship and Construction Exploration (ACE)

    A partnership with the Seattle School District, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees and Seattle Community College.
    6770 East Marginal Way S.
    Seattle, Wash. 98108-3405
    Phone: 206-605-7043
    Fax: 206-764-7949

    School-to-Work program designed to give high school students a taste of the trades. Students from Franklin and Cleveland High Schools attend a class at South Seattle Community College and the apprenticeship training centers. The semester class is half day, 5 days per week. Students receive instruction in safety, first aid/CPR, job skills, math related to the trades, blueprint reading and labor history. Students receive graded high school credit in the following areas: construction building trades, applied math and applied communication. The hands-on approach of this program allows students to work with apprentices and journeymen in the trades. Students attend class for a week. There are at least ten apprenticeship training centers. The program focuses on building good job skills and developing teamwork. Many students from this program have started apprenticeships or gotten jobs in construction-related fields.

  • Expand/collapse Construction Industry Training (CIT) Edmonds Community College

    Edmonds Community College - Construction Industry Training
    20000 68th Ave. W
    Lynnwood, Wash. 98036
    Website: cit.edcc.edu
    Email: rsibley@edcc.edu
    Contact numbers:
    425-640-1827
    425-640-1908 — CIT Program
    425-640-1604 — Business Division, Snohomish Hall, Room 260

    PROGRAM ENTRY — Fall and Winter quarter. The CIT program is intended for individuals who want to be competitive in the entry-level construction marketplace or who are preparing for entry into an apprenticeship training program. Learn fundamentals of the industry, hands-on skills and earn OSHA 10-hour certification.

    CURRICULUM — CIT courses offer a construction curriculum in conjunction with hands-on tool experience and techniques common to construction projects large and small. CIT courses are skills-based and geared to current industry standards. Skill sets, competencies and program content are refined and updated under the guidance of the Construction Industry Training Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of members representing construction employers, apprenticeship programs and construction educators.

    STUDENTS — The CIT program is designed to serve a diverse population of students with a wide range of prior experience and backgrounds. Students may have no work experience or might have worked for years in a variety of different fields. Some are high school graduates, some have previous college-level course work and some have less formal education. Whatever the work background and education level, students share an interest in learning about the construction industry in a hands-on setting with the goal of applying new skills in the work place.

    COURSE DESCRIPTIONS — CIT classes are offered in the evening during fall, winter and spring quarters. Please see the current EDCC class schedule or Website for times, dates and room locations.  Classes can fill quickly so students are encouraged to register early. Though it is not required, it is highly recommended that students be physically fit and have either a high school diploma or GED, a baseline requirement for many jobs in the construction field. Edmonds Community College offers pre-college courses for students who may need assistance in meeting these recommendations. The CIT program follows the typical sequence of activities necessary to complete a residential construction project. Throughout the program, students will participate in hands-on exercises with common construction tools and materials. Safe work practices are stressed. Tools, materials, building code and procedural issues associated with specific trades will be covered.

    Acrobat PDF file Information Flyer (203 KB PDF)

  • Expand/collapse Career Workplace Exploration in Skilled Trades (CWEST)

    Richard Ely
    Rainier Beach High School
    8815 Seward Park Avenue South
    Seattle, Wash. 98118
    Phone: 206-252-6423 or 206-909-5566
    Fax: 206-252-6351

    The CWEST program is open to any 16-or-older Seattle Public Schools high school student.  It is intended for students who want to find out about careers in the skilled trades like carpentry, electrician, plumbing, welding, concrete, etc.  As a course outcome, the student will know what is expected of them on a jobsite so they can be successful if they choose later to become an apprentice in one of the trades.  They will know that there will be adults who will welcome them and train them even though the student starts out with no skills in the craft.  They will be able to work safely in all kinds of worksites because they will be able to recognize hazards and ask the right questions to deal with them.

    To get this kind of experience, the students work 2 days a week for 3 hours on an actual jobsite in a one-to-one relationship with a journeyman mentor. In the other 3 days, they work in the classroom and shop at Rainier Beach High School. The worksite time is paid and they also get 1 credit toward graduation.

  • Expand/collapse Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.

    1714 NE Alberta Street
    Portland, Oregon 97211
    Phone: 503-335-8200
    Fax: 503-249-0445
    Website: www.tradeswomen.net

    Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentorship. This program serves Southwestern Washington.

    Pathways to Success - Get the skills to pay the bills!
    This 5-week class (3 days a week) is designed to help prepare you to work in the trades. Career counseling is the first step to determine what trade you are suited for, then developing a career plan that leads to the career of your choice. Classes are on topics such as Creating Your Trades Resume, visits to apprenticeship programs and basic safety and tools training, including hands-on training. Call 503-335-8200 ext. 21 to find out about upcoming dates, or go to www.tradeswomen.net and sign up for a Trades Career Information Session. Sessions are held at the PCC Metro One-Stop, 5600 NE 42nd Ave. (corner of Killingsworth). The program is free!

  • Expand/collapse Puget Sound OIC (Serves all of Western Washington)

    Mailing address: PO Box 22329
    Seattle, Wash. 98122-0329
    2531 Rainier Avenue South
    Seattle, Wash. 98055
    Phone: 206-721-6043 or 800-963-3277
    Fax: 206-721-4537

    This statewide program is a direct placement program responsible for recruiting qualifiable individuals to become apprentices and/or trainees in highway construction jobs. All apprenticeship training is conducted on the jobsite. This program offers referrals to apprenticeship programs and jobs with contractors on Washington State Department of Transportation projects throughout the State of Washington. The program emphasizes recruitment of women and minorities. Services to contractors are assistance in meeting EEO/OJT goals, referral and screening, attendance at Pre-Construction Conferences, and recruitment assistance.

  • Expand/collapse School to Career Summer Academy at Bates Technical College

    1101 South Yakima Avenue
    Tacoma, Wash. 98405
    Phone: 253-680-7264
    Email: academy@bates.ctc.edu or scook@bates.ctc.edu
    Website: www.bates.ctc.edu/apprenticeship/

    The School-to-Career Summer Academy is a partnership between Bates Technical College, eleven school districts, Private Industry Council and Pierce County Careers Consortium. The purpose of this program is to provide 2 weeks of college-level training and a 2-week internship to high school students who are interested in exploring building trades and technical fields. Students acquire workplace readiness skills, develop career portfolios and create a 5-year education/training plan and career plan to follow.

  • Expand/collapse Seattle City Light's Pre-Apprentice Lineworker

    Apprenticeship Office
    700 5th Avenue, Suite 3300
    PO Box 34023
    Seattle, Wash. 98124-4023
    Phone: 206-386-1603
    Fax: 206-386-1664
    Email: apprenticeship.scl@seattle.gov
    Website: www.seattle.gov/light/apprentice

    The Lineworker Pre-Apprentice position is a paid, 6-month training position designed to help employees gain the necessary skills to become Lineworker Apprentices. Class members are hired together and are temporary employees on a 6-month probation. Each day employees report to work with a crew, experience the tasks and assist with some of the chores. Three afternoons a week pre-apprentices report to the Physical Workout facility for Occupationally Pertinent Fitness with the Fitness Trainer. Instruction in pole-climbing begins gradually once a week.

    Before graduation into the Apprenticeship Program, employees must successfully pass a Graduation Physical Strength Test and a 15-day Climbing School Program. Those who pass will enter the 4-year Lineworker Apprenticeship and will be hired by Seattle City Light as regular employees with full benefits.

  • Expand/collapse School to Apprenticeship Programs "Get Electrified, Frame Your Future, and Cutting Edge Technologies

    1305 Tacoma Ave South Suite 201
    Tacoma, Wash. 98402
    Phone: 253-552-2542
    Fax: 253-593-7377
    Email: tljohnson@pic.tacoma.wa.us
    Acrobat PDF file Information Flyer (488 KB PDF / 1.5 min)

    Summary of the program:
    Program was developed in 2003 and initiated by electrical industry partners seeking a venue by which to develop a much needed younger and diverse workforce. This is a pre-apprenticeship training program that employs, prepares, and directly links high school youth to apprenticeship training through classroom and on the job training. Training includes construction skills preparation provided by our industry partners (JATC) along with life skills training that include a 10 week conflict resolution class, work ethics, and introduction to budget and financing. Upon successful completion, graduates immediately enter the apprenticeship training program with the South West Washington Electrical JATC, the Pacific North West Carpenters JATC, and the South West Washington Sheet Metal JATC.

    Goals and objectives:
    The Programs' goal is to increase access to programs that expose, prepare, and link youth to apprenticeship opportunities resulting in an increased supply of skilled workers for high demand occupations, using unique industry driven program design.We will utilize ongoing outreach and marketing strategies to target specific populations within Pierce County promoting greater diversity in the workforce. Especially young women, students of color, and youth who face barriers to staying in school and/or finding stable  employment due to age, skills deficiencies, learning disabilities, and/or are low-income. Such participants are given special consideration to participate in The School to Apprenticeship Programs.

  • Expand/collapse Spokane Home Builders Association, Inc., and the Department of Corrections Pre-Apprenticeship Program

    Kim Waseca-Love, Apprenticeship and Training Director
    5813 East 4th Avenue Suite 201
    Spokane, Wash. 99212
    Phone: 509-532-4990
    Fax: 509-532-4980
    Email: kimw@shba.com

    Carpentry is the largest of the construction trades. Carpenters with skills in all aspects of the trade work more steadily because they have the versatility to perform whatever types of jobs are available.

    The Home Builders pre-apprenticeship carpentry training program is a competency-based educational plan that provides inmates a skill for employment upon their release. During their training, inmates are provided information regarding all available apprenticeship programs in Washington State where they may continue with their training or pursue different trade interests in an ongoing effort to reduce recidivism rates as well as to help fill the construction trades skills gap.

    The mission and goal of the program is to train inmates in the basic skills of carpentry, which will allow them to work in construction related work, as well as institutional jobs, and to provide inmates with an educational and career path to follow. Classroom projects and content are taught with the application of the vocational skills needed, while developing an atmosphere of teamwork in accomplishing goals. A strong emphasis is placed on basic job skills. Students in this 12-week, 450-hour program gain the required skills, as well as strong work ethics, and accountability while gaining competence in skill and knowledge.

  • Expand/collapse Spokane Schools and Skills Center Pre-Apprenticeship Program

    Spokane Skills Center
    4141 North Regal Street
    Spokane, Wash. 99207
    Phone: 509-354-7470
    Fax: 509-354-7474
    Website: www.skillscenter.com

    Provides a pre-apprenticeship online registration and scheduling page for businesses, apprenticeships, contractors and organizations!

    Schedule job shadows, orientations, industry workshops, apprenticeship experiences and jobsite learning experiences.

    You can schedule a pre-apprenticeship learning opportunity by:

    • Selecting the category you fall under.
    • Selecting the type of pre-apprenticeship opportunity you would like to offer.
    • Identifying the number of openings available for the opportunity you are offering.
    • Identifying the starting and ending dates.
    • Identifying the starting and ending times.
    • Identifying the location of the offering.
    • Listing any special requirements.

    Pre-apprenticeship students will be able to access this information and sign up for offerings. They will then make contact prior to the scheduled date and will arrive for the experience with all required paperwork. The contact person will need to sign the paperwork and provide the student with a signed certificate of completion. These certificates will be sent to the contact person prior to the scheduled date.

    Spokane Public Schools pre-apprenticeship program.

  • Expand/collapse Youth Building Tacoma

    1305 Tacoma Avenue South, Suite 201
    Tacoma, Wash. 98402
    Phone: 253-593-7331
    Fax: 253-593-7377
    Email: mropella@pic.tacoma.wa.us

    The Youth Building Tacoma Project is funded by the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Employment & Training Consortium. The goal of the project is to assist City of Tacoma residents, ages 18 to 24 years old, in obtaining employment and/or training related to the building and construction trades and emerging technology career fields. Services include educational assistance, work experience projects, career counseling and exploration, on-the-job training opportunities, support services, job search assistance and assistance in connecting with apprenticeship program.

  • Expand/collapse Youthbuild Tacoma (YouthBuild USA)

    58 Day Street
    Somerville, Mass. 02144
    Phone: 617-623-9900
    Fax: 617-623-4331
    Email: info@youthbuild.org
    Local contact:
    Tacoma Goodwill Industries
    714 South 27th Street
    Tacoma, Wash. 98409
    Phone: 253-576-4515
    Email: kkurtz@tacomagoodwill.org
    Website: www.youthbuild.org  or www.tacomagoodwill.org

    Tacoma Goodwill’s Youthbuild program, an affiliate of YouthBuild USA, provides Pierce County youth with an opportunity to obtain their GED and nationally recognized trade certificates during an intensive nine month program. Through their partnership with Bates Technical College and an articulation agreement with the Carpenters Union participants are able to work towards their GED and apprenticeship. The program also offers PACT (Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training) which is recognized by the Master Builders Association throughout the country. The program alternates between on the job training/theory, classroom and community service. While the program focuses on carpentry and other construction related skills, participants are encouraged to explore different employment options as well as post secondary education. Youth will receive First Aide/CPR training as well as certificates from L&I relating to job safety.

  • Expand/collapse VOLTA (Vocational Outside Line Training Academy

    VOLTA (Vocational Outside Line Training Academy)
    9817 NE 54th Street, Suite 101
    Vancouver, Wash. 98662
    Phone: 503-253-8202
    Fax: 360-882-8115
    Email: nwline@nwlinejatc.com

    To meet new demands of a skilled workforce, IBEW / NECA has established itself as a training and educational leader in electrical distribution. Starting with an entry level program at Camp Rilea, students can work toward a career progression to higher levels of skill, responsibility and income. This entry-level lineworker program prepares workers to enter the Outside Line industry with the basic knowledge of electrical systems, equipment, and safety to satisfy initial employment requirements. Employment skills learned will prepare students for power lineworker, power line clearance, and power ground worker positions.

    VOLTA is a 10 week course designed to meet the industry standards and offers students a solid, initial career step with multiple opportunities to pursue in the Outside Electrical Industry.  Class content addresses both the need for electrical line workers and the need for related and ancillary workers.  This includes such skilled and semi-skilled positions as Equipment Operators for Digger/Derricks, Cranes and Backhoes, Line and Tree Crew Helpers, Meter Reader/Locators/Flagger, Apprentice Line Workers as well as Apprentice Tree Trimmers.

    At VOLTA, students will also have an overview of the indoor segment of commercial and residential electrical work and those opportunities. Additionally, you'll learn the rules of the electrical industry. As you seek employment and develop advanced skills on the job, VOLTA graduates will know what to expect from a registered apprenticeship program that is sponsored by a professional contractor. Graduates will understand the requirements of legitimate sponsors and be able to draw on the resources and support of the IBEW / NECA to address exploitation.

For more information, please contact the Apprenticeship Section.

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