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Educational and Public Service Organizations

California Sheet Metal/HVAC Industry

We provide high quality technical education to men and women who seek a rewarding career in the sheet metal and HVAC industry through our joint apprenticeship programs. The contractor members of the California Association of Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors (CAL SMACNA) and the craftperson members of the Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation Unions' (SMART) work together to design, construct and maintain advanced HVAC systems for schools that place a premium on energy efficiency and enhanced indoor air quality. Our goal is to create and ensure a learning environment that is healthy, high performing and comfortable for students and teachers alike. Our pool of contractors and professional craftpersons will make all of the difference when it comes to delivering work on education facilities that is safe, on-time and within budget.

Contact : Dion Abril

website Web Site email Email website (916) 492-6091

California State Pipe Trades

We train thousands of plumbers, steamfitters, sprinklerfitters, welders and HVACR technicians in union sponsored and State and Federal Government accredited programs throughout California.

Contact : Brian Murphy

website Web Site email Email website (559) 455-1526

California Statewide Electrical JATC

We provide a career for highly skilled craftspeople. Electrical workers receive their training through local joint apprenticeship training centers utilizing a standardized education program supported by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). This model education partnership produces a highly skilled and trained workforce equipped to meet the demands of the customer.

Contact : Jenny Fothergill

website Web Site email Email website (925) 828-6322

Career Launch

Career Launch is a social enterprise whose mission is to enhance student's professional communication skills, increase their social capital, and accelerate their college and career readiness. Career Launch has a train-the-trainer model and a direct service model to support teachers, counselors, high schools, districts, and county offices of education. We support CTE pathways, Capstone courses, English Language Arts, Enrichment programs, Internship initiatives, and more. Learn more at

Contact : Sean O'Keefe

website Web Site email Email website (408) 551-3763


Elevo provides students with the building blocks for a happier life. We work hand-in-hand with schools to nurture our next generation with a full range of in-person and online programs. Our curriculum is designed to promote social-emotional learning and support mental health and physical well-being

Contact : Serina Santiago

website Web Site email Email website (760) 687-3763

Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR)

The Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans. FAIR promotes a common culture based on fairness, understanding, and humanity. Aiming to support educational institutions’ diversity, equity, and inclusion goals; constructive community engagement; and civil discourse, FAIR offers several products, programs, and services to California districts and schools: the K-12 FAIRstory Curriculum; a robust ethnic studies course that is tailored to the needs of California high schools; curriculum review and development; equity auditing; the FAIR Schools network; training for teaching staff; and the FAIR Diversity training program.

Contact : Heather Thomas

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We are the voice of the $150+ billion industry responsible for bringing power & communications to buildings & communities throughout the U.S. NECA promotes & supports the union electrical contracting industry through advocacy, education, research & standards development. NECA contractors are equipped to meet the demands of their customers through sustainable construction and energy management solutions. The IBEW is a leader in the electrical industry. IBEW electricians are highly skilled & trained in the latest technologies with a focus on quality & safety.

Contact : Janet Siemans

website Web Site email Email website (925) 828-6322

Safely Opening Schools, a program of the Public Health Institute

The Safely Opening Schools (SOS) mission is to keep schools safer by implementing COVID-19 testing for students and education workers in California School Districts. Continued testing—as new variants spread and vaccination hesitancy continues to be present—remains an important step to reduce community transmission and to keep children, school staff, and families including those at highest risk, safer.

Contact : Hector Serrano

website Web Site email Email website (909) 279-4470


ScholarShare 529 is a state-sponsored, tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan that’s helping families and individuals plan for the cost of higher education. It’s available to any citizen or tax payer. And just about anyone can help contribute including Grandparents, other family members and friends. It only takes about 15 minutes to open an account online and it is easy to manage. There are a variety of low-cost investment portfolios to choose from including enrollment based, multi-fund, single-fund and guaranteed options. A ScholarShare 529 college-savings plan makes a great gift!

Contact : Roxanne Anderson

website Web Site email Email website (916) 653-0814

Southern California Labor Compliance

The Southern California Labor Compliance (SCLC) is committed to the enforcement of labor standards on Roofing and Waterproofing construction projects performed in the State of California. Labor compliance was one of the principal reasons for the formation of SCLC, and remains an important consideration to this day. Toward this end we monitor public and privately‐funded projects from bidding through project award and construction, always seeking to maintain fairness for all contractors. The entire structure of construction bidding rests upon a foundation of honesty and fair dealing.

Contact : Marcos Ong

website Web Site email Email website 714-719-7889

The Peoples Advocacy Group, LLC

The Peoples Advocacy Group is a non-partisan advocacy firm that specializes in teaching students the components of the California state legislative process. The firm facilitates connecting into the state lawmaking process with issue area specific legislative updates, calendar widgets, and advocacy tools. Our internet-based platform, “Fast Track Capitol”, helps increase civic engagement on campus by directing students to the different access points to engage on proposed policy. Our platform serves as an instructional tool that helps educate students about the legislative process, allows for the civil expression of first amendment rights, and creates a clear pathway into the lawmaking process

Contact : Quintin Levesque

website Web Site email Email website (209) 386-2009

Wellness Together

Wellness Together partners with K-12 school districts to provide turn-key mental health services for students, families, and educators. Culturally competent Mental Health Specialists (MHS) take a collaborative approach with existing school staff to provide evidence-based intervention within each school’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). Wellness Together offers individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, family engagement, and social-emotional learning.

Contact : Jacob Vallejo

website Web Site email Email website (916) 209-0437