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October 20, 2019

Los Angeles Southwest College hosts the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP), which graduated 30 students in Spring on 2019, the largest graduation class of any cohort to date. The program continues to create a lot of interest and enrollment.

More than 70 percent of graduates from previous classes have already started their construction careers at LAX or other nearby projects.  That is the power of industry partnership with our 19 community colleges in the LA Basin.

The students, 57 percent of whom live in communities closely surrounding Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), have successfully completed the intensive eight-week program. This HireLAX ARP, which is free for participants, provides students with a training program focusing on specialized construction skills, physical fitness, OSHA regulations, CPR/first aid response, construction math, labor history, hands-on training and visits to local union apprenticeship training programs and major construction projects at LAX. Students also receive comprehensive case management funded by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and provided by nonprofits Flintridge Center and 2nd Call.

Upon graduation, LAWA coordinates employment opportunities with its construction contractors and facilitates entry into the apprenticeship programs affiliated with the construction unions signatory to the LAWA Project Labor Agreement.

For more details about HireLAX, follow this link to LA Southwest College:

Businesses and organizations interested in creating highly effective workforce pipelines via partnership with our colleges can contact Jessica Ku Kim, Senior Workforce Development Director at LAEDC:  LAEDC is a founding partner in the CCW.