College Selected as an Apprenticeship Ambassador

Sep 6, 2022
Moreno Valley College
Photos of attendees of an apprenticeship expo in 2021

The US Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship approved Moreno Valley College as an Apprenticeship Ambassador.

The US Department of Labor's Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative seeks to create a national network of employers, labor organizations, industry associations, program sponsors, educators, workforce intermediaries, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to serve as champions for expanding and diversifying Registered Apprenticeship.

Only organizations with proven success experience with a registered apprenticeship program are eligible to become an Apprenticeship Ambassador.

The College will serve as a champion in promoting, expanding and diversifying registered state and federal apprenticeship opportunities for students to strengthen the region’s workforce, Rosalinda Rivas, director for Apprenticeship, said.

The initiative is especially interested in expanding awareness of benefits of the apprenticeships in the US for industry, employers, career seekers, educators and communities. The ambassadors will also be tasked with identifying and scaling innovative practices and partnerships to modernize, strengthen and accelerate the adoption of apprenticeships; increasing access and support for underrepresented and underserved populations, especially women, youth, people of color, rural communities, justice-involved individuals, and people with disabilities; and communicate the business case for apprenticeships as a mainstream workforce strategy for high-demand industries while creating opportunities for good jobs for all Americans across the economy.

The College is continuing to partner with local industries to expand apprenticeship opportunities for students.

Rivas said she is especially interested in developing partnerships with companies to develop industry apprenticeship hiring partners, intermediaries, community-based organizations and workforce development partners particularly in high-demand industries.

In recognition of the 85th anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act, ambassadors from across the nation held a welcoming meeting in mid-August. Ambassadors are approved for a term of two years.

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