We are very happy to report that we have made significant progress in putting in place the main elements of our new vocational training pre-apprenticeship program that we intend to launch sometime in 2020. Our planning team has put together a robust 12-week curriculum using resources shared by the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute, an apprenticeship program in Portland, and by the Constructing Hope preapprentice program, also in Portland.

We have a proposed budget that includes the insurance coverage, a small stipend for each student, the curriculum, tools and safety equipment that will be needed and funding for a parttime program coordinator. We have connected with Workforce Southwest Washington about possible funding for the program. We have begun the process of becoming certified by both Labor and Industries in the state of Washington and the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Davidson and Associates, our insurance provider, has arranged for the additional coverage we will need for the students and instructors/ mentors. We feel very strongly that the basics are either already in place or under development and making progress.

The feedback we have received from all of these partners and many of our supporters has been very positive. The consensus is that this program addresses in a substantial way a crucial need in our community for this kind of vocational preparation. We are working to put into place the final requirements needed for us to start welcoming students into the Friendship Center for this new program.

More information will be posted here as we proceed. Please keep this vital and life changing program in your prayers.