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Anti Recidivism Coalition graduates Cohort #1 in partnership with SBCCD and IE Building Trades

“The Anti Recidivism Coalition (ARC) works to end mass incarceration in California. To ensure our communities are safe, healthy and whole…through our grassroots policy advocacy, we are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system so that it is more just and equitable for all people” (https://antirecidivism.org/). ARC sees there is no quick fix for mass incarceration, it is a complex issue that needs to be tackled from multiple sides. ARC works with the community, with individuals and with policy makers to create change.


ARC does amazing work, offering programs for individuals during incarceration as well as after their release. One program offered is the NABTU Apprenticeship Readiness Program. The Anti Recidivism Coalitions’ partnerships with the LA/OC Building Trades and LAUSD has allowed them to graduate over a dozen cohorts. 


Individuals who complete ARC’s Second Chance Apprenticeship Readiness Program will earn an opportunity to join a certified union apprenticeship program and continue to build a career and a future for themselves.


The Anti Recidivism Coalition had a wonderful opportunity to partner with the San Bernardino Community College District to bring their services to the Inland Empire.


The students spent four weeks learning construction skills such as blueprint reading, handling of tools and tool safety, pipe trades math as well as important life skills that will allow them to reach their fullest potential. The skills acquired here are the foundations to a successful career in a world class registered apprenticeship program in the North American Building Trades Unions.


"North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) sponsors comprehensive apprenticeshipreadiness training programs (ARPs) throughout the U.S. These programs provide a gateway for local residents — focusing on women, people of color, and transitioning veterans — to gain access to Building Trades’ registered apprenticeship programs. ARPs are administered by state and local Building Trades Councils and they teach NABTU’s nationally recognized Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3)." (NABTU)


Twenty four students making up Cohort #1, Unchained, put in time, dedication and patience for four weeks and officially graduated from ARC's Second Chance Apprenticeship Readiness Program on May 7th, 2024


The graduation ceremony was held in San Bernardino, CA at the SBCCD Economic Training and Corporate Training Center. Families and community partners come together to support the graduates as they take the next step toward becoming a proud member of the skilled and trained workforce.



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