Pre-Apprenticeship to Manufacturing Program

Cloud & Fire Students participating in the Pre-Apprenticeship to Manufacturing Program are getting a first hand perspective on what career paths look like in the world of manufacturing. The Introduction to Industrial Arts course is designed to expose students to the engineering and design field in practical and engaging ways.


The main reason for initiating this type of program is because of news like this:

“Over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled. There are two major contributing factors to the widening gap – baby boomer’s retiring and economic expansion. An estimated 2.7 million jobs are likely to be needed as a result (2015, Deloitte).”

Cloud & Fire has been partnering with manufacturers over the past few years and is now entering into a new level of employment development with our YouthBuild program. After completing a semester of Industrial Arts, students will have had a broad-based exposure to industry through the following elements:

    • Manufacturing Skill Standard Curriculum
    • Shop math
    • Print reading
    • Inspection equipment usage
    • Shop and Campus Tours
    • Career Speakers
    • Project-Based learning
    • EduFactor Curriculum
    • Work Ethic Certification
    • OSHA 10
    • Work Readiness Certification

Local manufacturers have told us that work ethic is important to them. They have hired our youth because they are considered to be exceptional workers. We are excited about launching this pilot program with a grant from the Gene Haas Foundation and endorsed by the San Fernando Valley National Tooling and Machining Association. Students in this program will also have the opportunity to take a machining course at North Valley Occupational Center while being enrolled as a Cloud & Fire student achieving a high school diploma.