NOW Program

NOW Program

About The
NOW Program

'NOW' stands for Non-traditional Occupations for Women.

This initiative began with a research study that illuminated the unique ways women can be supported as they pursue careers in construction trades. The result was a program geared specifically toward women, designed to encourage and empower them as they prepare to enter a largely male-dominated field.

Currently offered in Fresno, with expansion planned to the 14-county region, the NOW Program prepares women 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 women in the construction sector.

Program Details

The NOW Program is supported in partnership with Trades Women, Inc (TWI).  TWI is a Bay Area non-profit organization that was established in 1979, with the mission of increasing the number of women working in the building trades and ensuring that they can thrive in their construction careers. TWI provides mentoring, support, and education to women interested in become skilled in the trades. They provide specialized workshops to the NOW program that focus on construction culture, leadership, and career development for our students.

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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.

Women’s Equity Study: MC3 Readiness Program

The Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board (FRWDB) – the fiscal agent for the state-funded ValleyBuild program – commissioned a research study to better identify obstacles, real and perceived, that may deter women from entering the training program and the trades. The goal is to improve inclusion of women in the trades and the training program by understanding and addressing barriers or challenges to their participation.

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.