Saturday, June 24, 2017

CDCR recognizes Northern California Construction Training Graduates

Secretary Scott Kernan attends Northern California
 Construction Training Graduation


Sacramento – Secretary Scott Kernan attended the 2017 Northern California Construction Training program in Rancho Cordova to help recognize 150 program graduates preparing for careers in the building industry.

“This milestone is quite significant for the graduates – your families and friends. For up to 12 months, you have worked very hard and dedicated many hours to master technical and other skills that will prepare you for a better future.

“I commend you on your academic success, and for investing in your future. I also encourage you to use your training to succeed in your chosen career,” Secretary Kernan said.

Established in November 1993, Northern CaliforniaConstruction Training, Inc. is a building trade pre-apprenticeship training program that helps prepare men and women for entry into various construction apprenticeship programs.

The training program is open to anyone. However, through a partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, dozens of the graduates are former prison inmates.

“Our partnership with CDCR has been rewarding for both of us and has helped bridged the gap between incarceration and productive members of the communities,” President Bill Meehan of Northern California Training and Construction said.


“I commend you on your academic success, and for investing in your future. I also encourage you to use your training to succeed in your chosen career,” Secretary Kernan said.

The program provides students with an opportunity to gain construction skills and build a successful career.

“Northern California Construction Training program gives people hope for a better future,” said Dave Gordon, Superintendent of the Sacramento County Office of Education.

During his remarks, he highlighted several graduates for their academic success, and recognized Sacramento County Chief Probation Officer Lee Seale for the collaboration with his department that has contributed to significant program expansions.


Left to right Dave Gordon, Superintendent, Sacramento County Office of 

Education, William (Bill) Meehan, President, Northern California 
Construction and Training, and Scott Kernan, Secretary, 
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The program may take between six and 12 months to complete, with instruction delivered by credentialed teacher-trainers who are experienced in the construction field.

During the program, students receive unpaid training in the classroom as well as hands-on building experience in construction trades and work under the supervision of a journeyman carpenter. 


Students receive hands-on building experience in construction trades and 
work under the supervision of a journeyman carpenter.

During the program, students also learn how to use the skills and training they learned in the program to build small houses to provide transitional housing for homeless, or by contributing to a single-family home construction project in Oak Park.


Students with the Northern California Construction Training program 
contribute to a home construction project in Oak Park

When students successfully complete the training program, they are offered an opportunity to join the construction trades apprenticeship training program.

Many potential construction workers are not aware of the career opportunities available to them.



Northern California Construction Training provides classroom and
fieldwork experience to prepare graduates for a rewarding career.

This is especially true for women and diverse communities. The program was designed to make well-paying careers in construction available to anyone with the desire to complete the program and participate in apprenticeship training.

Northern California Construction Training has served thousands of students in adult programs, in-custody jail program, juvenile/youth programs, probation/parolee programs and ROP high school program.

The program and curriculum were approved by Sacramento County Office of Education.


“This is an opportunity to get a career and totally change my life. 
That’s what NCCT has meant for me,” Brooks said.

During the event, Jotham Brooks received more than a certificate program completion – he also received keys to a truck which program staff helped him secure as he moves from homelessness to a successful career.

Each year, NCCT receives a donated vehicle, repairs and registers it, and awards it to a deserving graduate.



The following is a video taken moments after Jotham received his new vehicle. http://www.scoe.net/News/Pages/2017/june/12ncct.aspx


Construction Management Technologies, and
pre-apprenticeship training program will qualify graduates
to join construction trade union.



Nearly 85% of this year’s graduates have been placed in
construction trade jobs. In addition, 17 students have earned
their high school equivalency (GED or HiSet) certificates.


More than 150 graduates will transition into
professional construction trade careers.

For additional information concerning the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, please contact the Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-4950.

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