This is the perfect fit for our companies: our leaders plan to work alongside the development center to provide educational, hands-on, and career-oriented opportunities for students poised to enter the industry.
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Alameda Electrical Distributors, California Service Tool, and ALCAL are strongly connected to Bay Area communities. As multi-generational and family-owned companies, we understand first hand that American industry thrives when businesses believe in education and outreach. That’s why we’ve forged a partnership with the East Oakland Youth Development Center to collaborate on job placement, training, and outreach.
The East Oakland Youth Development Center works with a range of younger people to develop their social, professional, and leadership abilities. Their Education Empowerment Program, designed for students seeking their High School Equivalency, preps students for the test while simultaneously providing critical life skills and personal development coaching. This program offers the perfect fit for our companies: our leaders plan to work collaboratively alongside the development center to provide a variety of educational, hands-on, and career-oriented opportunities for students poised to enter the industry.
As a part of this program, we plan to educate participants about potential career paths in the electrical and electrical distribution industries, provide on-the-job training and compensation for students who are in the equivalency certification program, and offer potential long-term employment to students who graduate. We’ll also open the program to existing employees, providing them with a long-term career track that will help them achieve their dreams. Finally, we will also accept referrals from the education center.
Selena Wilson, the Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness at the East Oakland Youth Development Center, sums up exactly
why ALCAL is the perfect fit for these initiatives:
Jobs are critical, especially for those whom the system has historically failed. Students who drop out and drop back in again are the courageous ones who need the most support. The mental and emotional fight to break the cycle of poverty is ever present and securing steady employment is often more urgent than finishing school. That is why the partnership with ALCAL Industries for the school/career model is so important. It gives our students relief and optimism while building skills, confidence and ensuring academic attainment. ALCAL is leading the way; we hope that other companies will follow. This is a model where both the company and the student wins!
With this outreach program, we aim to provide practical resources that empower anyone seeking their degree. Together with the East Oakland Youth Development Center, we’ll inspire local residents to complete their education, consider an exciting trade, achieve their long-term goals, and keep an American industry strong for the next generation.
The president of ALCAL, Craig LaRue, says it best:
Our businesses were founded over fifty years ago, right here in the East Bay. We're proud of our roots, and without a strong, skilled workforce our family-owned businesses wouldn't be thriving today. This partnership will jump-start a new cycle of education and employment to help our community thrive.
About ALCAL Industries, Inc.
ALCAL is a family-owned company. Our independent brands, Alameda Electrical Distributors, and California Service Tool, have provided product and services for all commercial and MRO professionals in Northern California for over 50 years.
About Alameda Electrical Distributors
Over the past decade, Alameda Electrical Distributors has grown dramatically to become the largest independent electrical distributor in Northern California and one of the top 100 electrical distributors in the nation. With 11 branches conveniently located throughout the Central and Northern California region, Alameda Electrical Distributors’s 55-year reputation is built upon customer-focused electrical contracting, facility MRO, and OEM product and service solutions.
About California Service Tool
As Northern California’s leading independent distributor, California Service Tool provides the most comprehensive offering of tools, rental and repair services, seismic and fastening solutions, safety equipment, and general construction supplies in our region. The knowledgeable tool and safety experts at our nine regional locations have the specialized experience and know-how to meet job site requirements and exceed customer service expectations.
About East Oakland Youth Development Center
The mission of the East Oakland Youth Development Center is to develop the social and leadership capacities of youth ages from six to 24 so that they achieve excellence in education, career, and service to their communities. The East Oakland Youth Development Center’s Education Empowerment program focuses on prepping students for the High School Equivalency Test, while simultaneously providing them with critical life skills and personal development coaching.