Flintridge Center: Formerly Incarcerated Get Union Training

Pasadena nonprofit Flintridge Center said 23 formerly incarcerated and gang-impacted men and women recently graduated from the Center’s Apprenticeship Preparation Program.
The graduation ceremony included speeches from Pasadena City Councilmember John Kennedy, Pasadena Police Department Chief Phillip Sanchez, and other recent program graduates.
“This is the beginning of the second part of the journey,” graduate Louis Ortiz said. “I will continue to move forward.”
Graduate Mike Brown told the audience “It’s more than just a dream coming true. It’s life coming true.”
The APP is a development program that provides participants a pathway to union construction careers. Unions offer competitive wages, health and retirement benefits, and do not discriminate based upon an individual’s background. The program includes a nationally recognized union training course, case management, employment development and life skills development. Graduates receive a union-issued pre-apprenticeship certificate that gives them a leg up when applying to join unions.
Flintridge offers the program three times per year. A new semester starts next month.
For more information about Flintridge Center, call (626) 449-0839, ext. 114, or visit flintridge.org.

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