The Cypress Mandela program is endorsed by the Alameda County Building Trades Council and works in conjunction with the City of Oakland, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Peralta Community College District. The program is also supported financially by the Environmental Protection Agency. Over 90 past graduates were hired to work on the Oakland Coliseum Arena project and the Cypress Mandela Freeway Reconstruction project.
Because the students’ training schedule is so demanding, graduates of the program continue to be on time and hard working when they move into full-time positions. Job retention skills are also taught, and graduates have exceeded a 75% job retention rate. Instructors make sure training is consistently relevant to current industry needs. The Cypress Mandela program is a prime recruiting source for the trades industry, consistently producing well-prepared graduates.