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Press Release

November, 1, 2015

Contact Name: Marc Schaefer

Mobile Number: (858) 880-5653



Able-Disabled Advocacy ANNOUNCES $3.2 Million U.S. Dept. of Labor Grant & Kick-Off for National Apprenticeship Week


SAN DIEGO — Able-Disabled Advocacy, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, announces that the organization has been awarded a $3.2 million grant for apprenticeship expansion in new industries and occupations and will hold a press conference with San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox to kick-off the first annual National Apprenticeship Week.  The press conference is scheduled on Monday, November 2 at 11:00 A.M. at Able-Disabled Advocacy’s YouthBuild Center, the organization’s site for its pre-apprenticeship training program in Construction and Information Technology, located at 3275 Market Street, Ste. 101, San Diego, CA 92102. 


As a non-profit workforce development innovator, Able-Disabled Advocacy will pilot a regional effort to develop and expand apprenticeship training options in new demand industries and occupations.  The press conference will highlight Able-Disabled Advocacy’s successful history of securing resources for the development of workforce training in the San Diego region while acknowledging the major project partners for the new apprenticeship program. 


In conjunction with the first annual National Apprenticeship Week in the United States, Able-Disabled Advocacy is proud to announce the receipt of a $3,262,173 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration to advance the use of the apprenticeship “earn and learn” training model.  Able-Disabled Advocacy will promote the concept of Information Technology, Project Management and Advanced Manufacturing apprenticeships to the San Diego region’s businesses while working with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards and the U.S. Department of Labor to register the new apprenticeship programs, which will place 300 San Diego County residents into apprenticeships. 


Apprenticeships are designed as “earn and learn” training experiences that combine work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. According to ApprenticeshipUSA, companies that offer apprenticeship programs can diversify their workforce, improve productivity and profitability, standardize training, reduce turnover, receive tax credits, and more.  Employer subsidies for training these San Diego apprentices may also be provided By Able-Disabled Advocacy to help offset the costs of training. 


“While 75 years ago, the apprenticeship system began in construction and other skilled trades, today there are apprenticeships in more than 1,000 occupations.  Able-Disabled Advocacy is proud to establish the first Information Technology and Project Management apprenticeships in the State of California,” declared Able-Disabled Advocacy executive director Elaine Cooluris.  “Our organization is very excited to bring innovative workforce development resources to our tech-savvy region.  The goal of the National Apprenticeship Week is to educate businesses and industry leaders about the importance of apprenticeship programs. These programs can lead to new job opportunities that will positively impact our local economy,” she added.


Today, there are approximately 450,000 apprentices working across the nation with more than 150,000 employers.  President Obama recently established a goal of doubling the number of apprenticeships over the next five years.  The inaugural National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from November 2-6, is one of several initiatives put in place to help reach that goal.


Able-Disabled Advocacy’s apprenticeship grant partners include: the San Diego Workforce Partnership, The Maritime Alliance, the San Diego Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association, the South County Economic Development Council, the Project Management Institute–San Diego Chapter, San Diego Futures Foundation, California College San Diego, UCSD Extension, the California Inter-Agency Taskforce on Apprenticeship Expansion and the California Department of Industrial Relations/Division of Apprenticeship Standards.


ABOUT Able-Disabled Advocacy

Since 1975, Able-Disabled Advocacy has provided training and employment services to assist youth and adults with disabilities, veterans, and those with other barriers in finding employment and overcoming barriers to personal and financial self-sufficiency.  Able-Disabled Advocacy served over 1,000 San Diego residents at our four offices during the past year, and since inception, the organization has trained and placed over 16,000 San Diego into living wage jobs. 

Cindy Lennon/Adult Programs Manager and Apprenticeship Director

4283 El Cajon Blvd, Ste. 110

San Diego, CA 92105
Voice: 619.231.5990 ext. 315
Fax: 619.231.2380



National Apprenticeship Week presents an opportunity for business and industry, education, career seekers, community-based organizations, students, and workers to acknowledge the value of apprenticeships and to learn more about the real-world advantages of developing careers through the adoption of the apprenticeship model.  Apprenticeships provide economic opportunities for those who strive to innovate in business and industry and recognize the value of combining paid on-the-job learning and classroom training in order to build a foundation for careers and commerce.


Dozens of Apprenticeship USA supporters and stakeholders have committed to participating and hosting events in support of National Apprenticeship Week.