CA High-Speed Rail Recognizes 13th Cohort to Complete Pre-Apprenticeship Program


The California High-Speed Rail Authority has recognized another 14 students for completing the Central Valley Training Center pre-apprenticeship program, bringing the total number of graduates to 206.

The pre-apprenticeship training program targets veterans, at-risk young adults, and minority and low-income populations in the Central Valley. Over the course of 12 weeks, students are introduced to various construction trades from journeyman-level professionals.

As part of the program, students participate in a high-speed rail construction tour to learn more about the project. Since the start of the project, the agency has created more than 13,500 construction jobs, the majority of which are going to residents of the Central Valley.

There are currently more than 25 active construction sites in California’s Central Valley, with the Authority having also fully environmentally cleared 463 miles of the high-speed rail program from the Bay Area to Los Angeles County.

High-speed rail contractors, including Tutor-Perini/Zachry/Parsons and Dragados-Flatiron Joint Venture, along with various subcontractors, have either committed or interviewed graduates of the program to join their workforce.

The Central Valley Training Center is a project of the agency, in partnership with the City of Selma; Fresno Economic Development Corporation; the Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare Building Trades Council; and the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission.