The Pedrozzi Foundation is expanding its support of students pursuing career training through a strategic partnership with ABC NorCal, Associated Builders and Contractor, Northern California Chapter, by offering tool scholarships to participants in ABC’s Apprenticeship Training Program.

Through its federally and state approved apprenticeship program, ABC NorCal provides training in carpentry, construction craft laborer, electrical, painting at its Livermore location and plumbing training in Sacramento. There is no fee for the training for these highly demanded skills, but apprentices need to purchase their own tools throughout the program. Graduates of the Livermore School District who have been accepted into one of ABC NorCal’s apprenticeship programs are now eligible to also apply for a tool scholarship from the Pedrozzi Foundation. The scholarships will be from $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the length of the program and disbursed over a two-year period.

“Apprentices are paid while they receive on-the-job training in addition to their classroom and lab training at ABC NorCal, but the cost of tools can be a deterrent. In addition to providing timely and critical funding, these scholarships let apprentices know that the community values all avenues of post-high school education and training,” explains Kathy Coyle, Pedrozzi Foundation Board President. “We are excited about our partnership with ABC NorCal and expanding support for people gaining skills which are in high demand in the labor market,” continues Coyle.

The application and enrollment process for the ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program is ongoing, so the Pedrozzi Foundation Tool Scholarship application process will be ongoing as well. The online scholarship application is available here.  To learn a more about ABC NorCal visit ABCNorCal.org.