State Building Trades Bulletin: California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Establishes Partnership with the State Building Trades Council

State Building and Construction Trades Council of California
January 28, 2019

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the SBCTC to provide incarcerated men and women access to apprenticeship preparation programs that may lead to a career in construction. The MOU formalizes a statewide partnership for the use of the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) with CDCR and strengthens the relationship with our unions. 

The MOU builds upon the existing partnership between CDCR and the SBCTC which has been in statute since the early 1980s.  Because of SBCTC's legislative efforts, MC3 has become the official state curriculum for construction apprenticeship preparation programs. It is required by the California Workforce Development Board and its local workforce boards, the California Department of Education's construction academies, and public agencies, cities and counties receiving funds from the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1) and the Clean Energy and Jobs Act of (Prop. 39 of 2012). 

"Efforts to reduce the State's recidivism rate will be vastly improved by providing inmates, both women and men, with access to MC3 programs that lead to high-performing Building Trades' apprenticeship programs upon re-entry," said SBCTC President Robbie Hunter.  "We believe in providing second chances and will continue to work with the State to increase Building Trades union density and employment opportunities across all demographics and areas of California." 

For more information on this innovative partnership or for general information about MC3, please contact Marc Cowan of the SBCTC at  (916) 443-3302 or

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