The Chaffey College InTech Center was just approved by the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) for an Industrial Electrical and Mechanical Pre-Apprenticeship program designed to meet the needs of industry. DAS approval makes InTech Center’s program the first DAS-registered pre-apprenticeship in the state. The InTech program was developed in response to an industry need to create a pipeline of skilled individuals who are prepared to enter state-registered apprenticeships programs at employers like Mitsubishi Cement, California Steel Industries, BestWay Laundry Solutions, and many others. The DAS consults with employers to develop a skilled workforce with viable career pathways to increase productivity and strengthen our economy. The California Community Colleges are a DAS partner. Officials are confident “Students who are successful in the pre-apprenticeship make ideal apprentice candidates – they have shown commitment, strong work ethic and dedication to the trade.” By partnering with InTech to align their program with apprenticeship needs, InTech is able to build a pipeline of qualified entry-level workers to fill the manufacturing workforce gap in the region. “I didn’t grow up with the skills I’ve learned in the past two years at the InTech Center and CSI,” one participant began. “There’s tremendous value at the end of [training]. You’re investing, you’re sacrificing, but it’s all worth it…When I meet some of my co-workers, they say they’ve been there for 15 years, 20 years, 30 years—that longevity is comforting and it’s something I strive for,” said former student Erick Martinez in a testimonial about the training he received. To learn more about InTech, its training programs and apprenticeships visit https://intechcenter.org/.