ABC NorCal Hosts Event on the Need for Workforce Development

ABC NorCal Hosts Event on the Need for Workforce Development 


Construction group partners with Salvation Army to get Californians working

LIVERMORE, CA —Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California is partnering with the Salvation Army to co-sponsor a Workforce Development Symposium on Tuesday, May 15, to help pave the way for meaningful construction employment opportunities for men and women in the Golden State.

It will be held at ABC NorCal Training Facility at 4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, in Livermore, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with a free lunch included. The May 15 event is free and the public and media are invited but a reservation is required and can be emailed to Nancy Khan at or by calling her at (916) 563-3734.

The symposium in Northern California between the premier construction industry trade organization and The Salvation Army is aimed at bringing workforce development leaders together to showcase how The Salvation Army and ABC NorCal’s construction leadership course works giving those who need a hand up an opportunity to be trained to provide badly needed labor to the construction industry. Symposium attendees can learn how they contribute their time, talent, and treasure to help get Americans back to work.

“The Salvation Army has an excellent culinary training program, and ABC offers excellent training in construction crafts such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, and construction craft laborer,” said Michele Daugherty, president and CEO of ABC NorCal. “Together we have helped people get a fresh start in their work lives and many others a second chance to make a success of themselves. What our symposiums seek to do is take the best of what we do and combine it with some fresh ideas from other programs and job-creators.  We strive to continue producing the most effective training pathways, providing pathways out of poverty and true career ladders.”

Associated Builders and Contractors, Northern California Chapter (ABC NorCal) is proud to partner with The Salvation Army (TSA) Construction Leadership Program, which aims to reduce recidivism rates, improve job readiness skills, and create long-term employment for adults. Current national estimates predict shortages of skilled craft professionals to be as high as two million by 2020.

ABC NorCal has a long history of training and promoting a positive image in the construction industry. For more than 40 years, ABC NorCal has trained more than 1,000 state and federally approved apprentices, journeyworkers, and craft trainees each year, a vital component to the sustainability of the construction industry. ABC NorCal is a National Center for Construction Training & Education (NCCER) accredited training facility and assessment center.

            Click here to see a related video news report on a recent ABC/TSA training class in Sacramento from KCRA-TV.

ABC NorCal believes part of its responsibility is to respond to community training needs and offer participants opportunities for learning that will translate into real careers in their communities. To meet the demands of the local construction market, we need to foster peoples’ interest in the construction industry and encourage their development.


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