IR # 97-03
Wednesday, January 22, 1997

Rick Rice
Troy Swauger
(415) 972-8835

CAC Updates State's Apprenticeship Pilot Program

LONG BEACH -- The success of the Division of Apprenticeship Standard's pilot apprenticeship program launched in seven California school districts will be discussed during the California Apprenticeship Council's first quarterly meeting in 1997. The two-day session which will also cover other issues of concern for the state's 42,000 apprentices begins at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Hotel Queen Mary, 1126 Queen's Highway, Long Beach.

The School-to- Career/Apprenticeship Program coordinates the efforts of local school officials and business leaders to provide students with highly skilled instruction for careers that had never before been offered, said Rulon Cottrell, Chief of the Division

"Our state's youth represent a wealth of talent," Cottrell said. "With the School-to-Career/Apprenticeship Program, California is able to tap into this well and provide them with careers through an association between education and commerce."

The School-to-Career/Apprenticeship Program pilots began in May 1996 in Riverside, quickly spread to neighboring Torrance and then to five other California locations.

The program brings young people -- as early as ninth grade -- into the apprenticeship system of training, which equips them with well-paying careers in specialty fields such as the culinary arts, computer-aided drafting, and manufacturing.

The Division provides staff services to CAC and the chief serves as secretary. The CAC has 17 members, 14 are appointed by Governor Wilson for four-year terms. Six of the appointed members represent management, six represent labor, and two are appointed to represent the public. The remaining appointees are ex officio members representing the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations.