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Submitted By: Ofelia R Arellano, Pasadena Area Consortium

Seamless Transitions Into Building and Construction Trades

  • Type of Practice: Seamless Transitions
  • Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adult Secondary Education Students, Adults with Disabilities, Apprenticeship Program Participants, Associate Degree Students, CTE Student, English Language Learners, First-time Students, High School Diploma Students, High School Equivalency Students, Returning Students, Teachers, Faculty and Staff, 4 Year College Transfer Students, Citizenship Students, Vocational Certificate Students, K12 to CC Transitioning Students
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, Adults with Disabilities, Apprenticeship, English as a Second Language & Citizenship , Career Technical Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    Pasadena Area Consortium: Pasadena Area Community College District, Pasadena Unified School District

The Challenge

The PAC faced numerous challenges:

1) Adult learners lack updated instructional programs in the building and construction trades;
2) Adult learners lack clear and seamless transitions or articulated pathways into postsecondary or the workforce;and
3) Adult learners lack access to internships or on-the-job training programs for union apprenticeship opportunities or access to local jobs.

The Solution

The Pasadena Area Consortium (PAC) is formalizing a "best practice" that will be duplicated to other new short-term CTE certificate programs. Staff and faculty are meeting to create articulated curriculum to create seamless transitions from PUSD's Building and Design Pathway into Vocational ESL (VESL) Green Construction, Pre-Apprenticeship in Building and Construction Trades, Credit CTE certificate or degree programs in Construction or transition to the workforce.

The PAC has also formalized collaborations with the Flintridge Center's Apprenticeship Preparation Program, Pasadena Community Job Center, National Day Laborer Organization Network, Foothill WIB to provide internships or training for union apprenticeships or local jobs.


The PAC has engaged in ongoing informational and planning meetings with key stakeholders to address workforce needs of local residents. The collaboration has resulted in increased interest from local community organizations in joining the PAC to reach their respective constituents to address a major concern: more instructional programs and on-the-job training to adequately prepare adults for the workforce in the area of building and construction trades.

The best practice pilot for the Building and Construction Trades pathway will expand into two new pathways in Business and Health.

The Data

New certificate programs in VESL Green Construction and Pre-Apprenticeship in Building and Construction Trades are under development through AB 86. However, Pasadena area residents are highly enthusiastic and eagerly awaiting their implementation. Community partners are preparing facilities to host new short-term CTE certificate programs at their respective sites to reach a broader number of residents throughout the Pasadena area.

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