Construction pre-apprenticeship program

Program Overview

LBCC Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Long Beach City College, in partnership with Pacific Gateway and AFL-CIO Building Trades has launched a Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program aimed at training local residents for careers in the construction industry.  The program is a six-week, 140 hour training program that will prepare participants for union apprenticeship programs or employment in the construction field.  

Subjects include:

  • Cabinet Making
  • Cement Masonry
  • Green Technologies
  • H.V.A.C.
  • Plumbing
  • Surveying

Participants will receive three industry recognized certificates:

  • Building Trades Multi-Craft Core Curriculum ("MC3")
  • 10-Hour OSHA Certification
  • CPR and First Aid Training Certification



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  • Long Beach City College begins two free programs in March designed to train residents for jobs in some of the area’s fastest-growing occupations.

    The grant-funded programs will provide training to 825 students within the year. Participants will be prepared for union apprenticeships, construction work or to become heavy-duty alternative fuels technicians and mechanics.

    “Part of LBCC’s mission as a California Community College is to improve the workforce and advance the region’s economic development,” LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley said in a release. “These two free training programs will provide our residents with the skills they need for the jobs of the future.”

    The Construction Pre-Apprenticeship track is a six-week, 140-hour training program to prepare people for union apprenticeship programs or work in construction. Topics include cabinet making, cement masonry, HVAC, green technologies, plumbing and surveying.

    A three-week, 80-hour Heavy-Duty Preventative Maintenance and Alternative Fuels program prepares students to be heavy-duty alternative fuels technicians and mechanics. The course is in partnership with Republic Services, a national waste management company, to help fill the shortage of qualified technicians.

    Job placement assistance will be provided to graduates through Pacific Gateway Workforce Development Network. These positions’ salaries range from $20 to $25 per hour.

    A $2.75 million grant from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training is paying for the two courses. The grant provides funding to community colleges and other higher education institutions for programs that can be finished within two years, suited for workers who are able to train under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program and prepare participants for high-wage, high-skill occupations. The Department of Labor and Department of Education implements the grants.

    To register or attend an orientation of the programs, call (562) 938-3248 or email

    —Emily Thornton, Long Beach Gazettes