A new class at the Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL) Construction Career Academy is finishing up their studies. The workforce development program is the recipient of a $50,000 donation from SoCalGas as part of our larger social justice initiative. It is the latest contribution in SoCalGas' long-standing support of LAUL.
The Construction Career Academy (CCA) Program trains adults for employment readiness in construction trades and utility sector careers. The apprenticeship program places an emphasis on helping selected candidates study, prepare and pass the union trade entry exam to begin their career and apprenticeships in fields such as utilities, transportation, logistics, energy and building trades. The CCA Program is a free 10-week course that includes 80-hours of instruction, providing resources to help students learn about different pathways into construction, and how to excel in the field. CCA offers additional services to graduates such as: job sourcing and placement, supportive services, readiness skills and ongoing mentorship towards finding high-demand and well-paid positions.
“Making connections between our community and these career opportunities is why SoCalGas has supported the Construction Career Academy for the past two years,” said Program Director Jamecca Marshall of LA Urban League. “We’re proud to help our community by providing an opportunity for them to acquire skills and training for different career paths.”
“My journey with LA Urban League began last February and they’ve helped me immensely by sharpening my skillset and training in construction and connecting me with companies that will offer me an opportunity,” said Phillip, a recent graduate from LAUL’s CCA Program. “I am really happy with the results and the program has given me the ability to find a career that will help me provide for me and my family.”
LAUL serves, educates and empowers African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance and civil rights by providing targeted social programs and advocating for issues that benefit their communities.
In the past year, SoCalGas has donated over $700k in grants to local organizations and provided free educational resources to over 1,000 individuals as part of our social justice initiative. Here at SoCalGas, our commitment goes beyond just providing affordable, safe and reliable natural gas service – we are also committed to the communities we serve by providing educational resources, supporting our region’s workforce, feeding the hungry, and more. Our community support is a big part of our mission to be the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company in America.