Cypress Mandela

Located in Oakland, a city of approximately 400,000 with one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the United States, the Cypress Mandela Training Center, Inc. offers a 16-week pre-apprenticeship program for Bay Area men and women over 18 years old. Training is both hands-on and in the classroom and prepares students for skilled trades jobs that are relevant to today’s construction industry. Whether you are embarking on a new career or are interested in a job change, Cypress Mandela’s FREE pre-apprenticeship program will take you where you want to go.

Video Segment

Cypress Mandela was featured on ABC7 News and CBS5’s “30 Minutes Bay Area.”
Watch the video to get an introduction to our program.

Cypress Mandela Instructor

Cypress Mandela students attend classes every weekday from 7am – 3:30pm, for the duration of the 16-week session. Experts from all over California guest teach alongside in-house staff members. Students may earn up to 7 college credits from UC Berkeley, UC Davis or Laney College. The program provides training, skills assessment and testing, as well as job placement. In the past two years, over 85% of the graduates were placed in jobs.

The program has received local and national recognition and has established itself as the foremost pre-apprenticeship construction training center of its type in the United States.

The orientation date for the next training cycle is August 21, 2014 at the Caltrans Auditorium at 111 Grand Ave. Oakland, CA at 8:30 am. Sign-up online if you are interested in attending the next orientation session.Mandatory assessment and interviews will be held the day after the orientation session. Please bring all the required documents to the assessment testing dates; originals only.


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