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OUSD Staff Tour Skilled Trades Facilities

Presentation at Skilled Trades PD Day OUSD’s Linked Learning Office and Office of Counseling & College Readiness recently joined forces with the Building & Trades Council of Alameda County to organize an OUSD Skilled Trades Professional Development (PD) Day - the first of it’s kind in 30 years -  for counseling and college and career support staff.

At the PD Day on Sept. 27, more than fifty high school counselors and educators were provided the opportunity to tour sites, interact with staff from the trades, speak with program participants, and learn first hand about the valuable work to prepare individuals for careers in the construction skilled trades. This was done with the support of the Bay Area Apprenticeship Coordinator Association (BAACA), the Laborer’s Union, 5 of the Local Trades Apprenticeship Training Centers and Cypress Mandela Pre-Apprenticeship Training Center. 

Tour participants listening to tour guide in yellow safety vest

Participants were first welcomed to the Cypress Mandela Training Center and given a tour of the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Center. After the tour, everyone was grouped into 5 different vehicles to tour neighboring Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Training Centers in the area.

At the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 104 Training Center in San Leandro, participants learned about the 3 different trade programs (sheet metal worker/installer, air conditioning mechanic, and test and balance technician) as well as entrance requirements, wages, and benefits.   

Information was presented about the “Finish Trades” including painters, flooring and glaziers at the District Council 16 Training Center in San Leandro.

At the Zero Net Center, the training location for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, (IBEW), attendees were given a tour of the facility and presented with the requirements and process to get into the Electrician Apprenticeship Program.

Participants also visited sites in Hayward, including the Carpenters’ Training Center of Northern California, where the groups learned about the different methods of entry into the Carpenters’ Apprenticeship Program and how changes in technology and resources have impacted the trade.  

The tour of the Sprinkler Fitters Local 483 Training Center in Hayward started off with a film, demonstrating the importance of that line of work. “Our work saves lives,” the presenter stated, while also sharing that although it was a tough and demanding field, it is also financially and emotionally rewarding work.

OUSD wants to thank all our industry partners for their efforts in making this PD event so successful. Staff will now be better informed of the opportunities available for our young people, and better able to support them for success in college, career and community. #iamousd #linkedlearning