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Pre-Apprenticeship Program Gains Momentum

The Charles A. Jones (CAJ) Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program has been evolving for over two years, explained Dean Peckham, Executive Director, Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA).
“The CAJ Pre-Apprenticeship Program is just the first step towards the SVMA Apprenticeship Program, leading to credentials as CNC Machinists, Precision Welders, Industrial Maintenance Mechanics, Quality Assurance Technicians, Electromechanical Technicians and Textile Manufacturing Technicians,” said Peckham. “This has been a labor of love for many of us, creating opportunities for adults who may have never heard of manufacturing career pathways until they were introduced to Charles A. Jones.” The most recent cohort from the CAJ Pre-Apprenticeship Program graduated at the end of July.

Check out the orientation events held each Wednesday:

At the CAJ Orientation, you will learn about how to sign up for High School Equivalency preparation classes or Career Education programs.
When: In Person Orientation every Wednesday at 9:15 AM (Except holidays and break periods)
Where: 5451 Lemon Hill Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824
Who: Anyone interested. Must be 18 years or older to enroll in Adult Education Programs.
No appointment necessary.


Learn more by contacting Mike Bell (916) 432-0741 or go to CAJ.

New Manufacturing Apprenticeship Approved

The Department of Labor has approved a new manufacturing apprenticeship program developed by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance. The program includes eight levels of apprenticeship competency and combines college coursework with on-the-job training.

The skills include:

Machining Safety Process
CNC Machine Preventive Maintenance
Process Planning
Computer Aided Design
Computer Aided Machining, Turning And Milling
Workholding Design And Qualification
CNC Machine Set-Up
Tool Selection / Special Tool Design
Machine Operation / Prove Program
Secondary Operations Process
Deburring / Finishing Process
Shop Floor Quality Process

Local community college courses will fulfill some of the requirements. Colleges involved include American River College, Consumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, Sacramento City College, Sierra College and Yuba College.

For more information, contact Michael Bell at (916)432-0741 or by email.

Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Offered in Sacramento

The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) is partnering with the Charles A. Jones (CAJ) Career and Education Center in Sacramento to offer a Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship program. The first session starts November 5 and is a 90 hour program held over five weeks. Seven sessions will run from January through September 2021. Currently they plan remote education followed with lab work when it is allowed.

Participants register with both CAJ and Cal Jobs, a process that can take 2-4 weeks. The cost is $500 and that is refunded by Cal Jobs in proportion with attendance. Look at the CAJ Catalog section about the pre-apprenticeship.

Learn more at the Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center website; it is a public adult school operated by the Sacramento City Unified School District. Below are the planned topics:

  • Intro to Advanced Manufacturing
  • Additive Processes
  • Subtractive Processes
  • Forming Processes
  • Joining Processes
  • Soft Products, Sewing, Textiles
  • Surface Finishing Processes
  • Manufacturing Support Systems
  • Manufacturing Safety
  • Use of Basic Hand Tools &
  • Components and Terminology
  • Critical Thinking and Proper
  • Troubleshooting Techniques
  • Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways