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Announcement: Boston Trades Assessment Center at Roxbury Community College


Roxbury Community College (RCC), in partnership with YouthBuild Boston (YBB), is poised to open the Boston Trades Assessment Center (BTAC). Housed on RCC’s campus and supported through funding provided by the Starbucks Foundation, the goals of the program are to:  (a) increase access to training; (b) achieve skill and credential attainment; and (c) heighten a greater likelihood of employability and economic stability for program participants. Key industry partners include the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Skanska Construction, Suffolk Construction, and Shawmut Design and Construction. The program will have open recruitment, and we will accept referrals from our partners, including the City of Boston Employment Commission. Completion of the BTAC readiness program is a prerequisite for entry into the YBB Pre-Apprentice program.
BTAC – 3 Week Introduction to Building Trades Program 
The three-week Introduction to Building Trades Program is designed for18-26 year-olds interested in pursuing a career in the construction trades.  During these three weeks, participants will earn OSHA 10, CPR/First Aid, RRP, Signal Rigger and 2A/IC Forklift Crane certifications.  Participants will be evaluated based on attendance, participation, accountability, and level of skilled learned.   Instruction will be delivered on Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Applications for this program will be accepted through February 4th. The program will begin on February 8th and end on February 26th.
Pre-Apprentice -9 Week Construction Methods and Materials Program
Participants who complete the three-week Building Trades Assessment and Readiness Program are eligible to take the follow-on, nine-week Construction Methods and Materials Program.  The nine-week program consists of 400 hours of hands-on, onsite building with certified instructors. Participants who complete the nine-week Construction Methods and Materials Program will become Certified Pre-Apprentices with the MA Department of Workforce and Labor Standards. Program graduates will receive three college credits that can be applied towards an applicable associate’s degree. The three eligible associate degree programs are Engineering, Management and Liberal Arts. The program is scheduled to operate from March 1st – May 21st.
Instructors for both programs are credentialed tradespeople in a variety of disciplines including but not limited to OSHA Training and Signal Rigor Instruction. Graduates from the program will receive a joint certificate from RCC and Youth Build. RCC, building trades partners and Youth Build Boston will all market both programs. 
The formal announcement of the new partnership will occur in January at 14 North Avenue, when the new homeowners receive their keys. This location was the construction site of the last project built in partnership with Madison Park, Youth Build, the N.E. Regional Carpenters Council, DSNI, and RCC. Funded by RCC’s Clean Energy Grant, the pilot program launched in September 2015; and, part of the pilot program funding paid for stipends. Our new program will become the blueprint for other Youth Build Organizations to partner with other community colleges for job readiness initiatives.
Media Contacts:
Jordan Smock Ken Smith
Director, Marketing and Communications, RCC Executive Director, YouthBuild Boston
P:  617-933-7491 P: 617-445-8887 x401
jsmock@rcc.mass.edu ksmith@ybboston.org
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