June 7, 2019

Heather Rutman 213.615.9211

OXNARD, CA – The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters’ (SWRCC) Career Connections program has organized its first Apprenticeship Signing Day, Friday June 7th at Oxnard High School. The ceremony was a recognition of the newest signees to the Southwest Carpenters Apprenticeship program. Local 805 carpenters personally welcomed the new additions to their union family and Oxnard Union High School District’s top leaders congratulated students as they endeavor to become the next generation of construction industry leaders.

“More students are starting to learn that carpentry and other skilled trades are a viable alternative to college,” said Armando Delgado, SWRCC Special Representative. “Our goal with Career Connections is to make sure we provide schools with the tools they need to present that option to all of our communities’ students.”

Roughly 100 students attended the presentation on the value and benefits of careers in skilled trades. Career Connections is designed to help high school teachers introduce students to a career in carpentry. Students learn basic and intermediate carpentry, advanced skills in commercial and residential construction, and the essentials of construction site safety. The program also includes training in the students’ employability, including goal setting, positive attitude, punctuality, teamwork, and taking initiative.

“It’s great for the industry and our community,” said Anthony Ventura, SWRCC Special Representative. “We’re presenting our young people with a tremendous career opportunity and the skills to build their own communities, while strengthening the pipeline of skilled and professional craftsmen.”


About the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters (SWRCC)
The SWRCC represents over 52,000 union carpenters in six states. The Union is dedicated to raising the safety and standards for all skilled carpenters and advocating for the rights of workers, their families, and their communities. The SWRCC is proud to be affiliated with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. For more, visit