On June 9, dozens of students from Northern California Construction Training (NCCT) took a big step toward careers in the construction trade. They received certificates of completion in Construction Management Technologies, a pre-apprenticeship training program that will qualify them to join any construction trade union.
Over 236 NCCT students earned their certificates this year with 81 enrolled in Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) programs serving either community school students, parolees, or probationers working to transition back into their communities. Of this year’s 63 NCCT adult graduates, 49 have been placed in construction trade jobs—a success rate of over 77%.
“Graduates, keep up the great work. Keep working hard. Each of you has shown that you have the strength of character to persevere through any and all adversity,” Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon told the graduates.
NCCT graduate Cynthia McGhee not only received her certificate, but was presented with the keys to a vehicle! Each year, NCCT receives a donated vehicle, repairs and registers it, and awards it to a deserving graduate. “I’m surprised! Shocked and shaking! Now, I have a way to the Carpenters Union,” McGhee exclaimed.
NCCT is a non-profit, community-based organization that helps students transition to careers in the construction industry. It was formed to provide well-paying careers in construction to anyone with the desire to complete the program and participate in apprenticeship training. The organization features trained staff members who teach and mentor students.
Over 2,000 SCOE students—both youth and adults—have gone through the program. Of the students served, more than 80% had jobs upon graduation. In addition, 45 NCCT students have earned their high school equivalency (GED or HiSet) certificates.
SCOE plays a vital role in providing technical assistance, curriculum and instructional support, staff development, fiscal services, and oversight to Sacramento County school districts. SCOE operates special education programs for students with severe disabilities, juvenile court school and Community schools for high-risk and at-risk students, and career technical education courses. SCOE also provides services to parolees and probationers, helping them transition back into their communities.