MC3 Apprenticeship
Readiness Program

MC3 Apprenticeship Readiness Program

About The
MC3 Program

MC3 stands for Multi-Craft Core Curriculum.

Operating in a 14-county region, the MC3 Apprenticeship Readiness Training Program prepares individuals for high-paying and stable careers in the building and construction trades. The purpose of the program is to provide skilled training to unemployed, underemployed, and barriered individuals in the construction sector.

ValleyBuild is a registered program with the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards.

Program Details

The ValleyBuild Apprenticeship Readiness Program consists of an intensive six-week, full-time, MC3-certified training in partnership with local BTCs, providing hands-on skills training. Participants receive industry-recognized certificates such as OSHA 10, CPR/1st Aid, forklift, and hazardous waste awareness. Wrap-around job services such as physical training, resume development, mock interviewing, and supportive services are provided by the FRWDB to ensure a high rate of employment for students upon graduation.

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Professional and Job Development Services

In partnership with local area Workforce Development Boards, participants receive assistance with vocational training, resume development, job searching, and job placement, all provided by Workforce Connection.

Success Stories

San Joaquin County Apprenticeship Readiness Class Boasts 100% Graduation Rate

Twenty-one men and women are on the path to living-wage careers in the building and construction trades after completing apprenticeship readiness training in Stockton. The San Joaquin Building Trades Council, in partnership with ValleyBuild and other partners, celebrated graduates in ceremonies on Aug. 25. The class of 21 students featured a 100% graduation rate.

Congratulations to The Alvarado Group for the Adult Business of Excellence Award!

The Alvarado Group has been honored with the Adult Business of Excellence Award from the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board and Workforce Connection.

Stockton Instructor Leans on Decades of Know-How

Eric Cosgrove draws on his experience to train students for work in the trades. With years of construction experience under his tool belt, Eric Cosgrove is someone with plenty of on-the-job knowledge.

Retiring Instructor Leaves Behind a Legacy of Excellence

Many Fresno-area students learning about building and construction trades know the friendly face of Isaac Camarena. For more than two decades, this Madera native was the apprenticeship coordinator for the Fresno Sheet Metal Workers. He spent many years as an instructor for ValleyBuild and the training programs before it.