Division of Adult Parole Operations, Rehabilitation

San Diego’s first pre‑apprenticeship program

Pre-Apprenticeship Program graduates wearing caps and gowns, posing with staff.
From left are MCRP PAII Specialist John Silva, Career Expansion Staff Griselda Lopez, graduates Daniel Chavez, Celso Rojas, Theodore Tolentino, Octavio Real, Anthony Gardner, Alfredo Velazquez; PAII Specialist Francisco Rivera; graduates Jason Huff, Raymond Ridela, and LeRon Bowser.

Reentry efforts involve DAPO, DRP, MCRP, CCTRP

A graduate with a training center official.
Career Expansion President Raymond Moorehead with graduate Eva Ramos.

A graduation ceremony was held to honor the first cohort of the Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program in the San Diego area.

Fourteen determined graduates, all recently released from California prisons, celebrated the completion of their training.

Now they have better chances at a promising future in the construction industry.

The graduation marks a significant milestone in the collaborative efforts involving:

  • Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO)
  • Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP)
  • Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP)
  • Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP) San Diego facilities
  • and the Career Expansion Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training Agency.

The event showcased not only the graduates’ achievements, but also the potential for positive transformation through collaboration, rehabilitation, and reintegration.

The partnership between these organizations demonstrates the power of second chances.

Furthermore, the partnership marks the importance of providing individuals with the tools they need to rebuild their lives after facing hardship.

The graduates, having demonstrated their determination and commitment throughout the training program, now stand as models of the potential for positive change.

Armed with new skills and a renewed sense of purpose, they are set to make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Parole officials remind others of need for collaboration

Chief Deputy Administrator Angela Kent expressed her delight in the success of the event. She emphasized the importance of collaboration between stakeholders to ensure that the participants receive excellent service.

Parole Administrator Cory Alvarez echoed this sentiment, highlighting the value of multiple agencies working in harmony to support the population they serve.

The success of the pre-apprenticeship program shows the dedication and hard work put forth by everyone involved including the participants.

A special acknowledgment was extended to the following people for their constant efforts to make this initiative a reality:

  • Anthony Marquez, Parole Agent III (A)
  • Parole Agent II Specialists Francisco Rivera, John Silva, Eduardo Ayala, and David Escobar.

According to organizers, they have helped shape the graduates’ lives while contributing to the positive course of their futures.

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