There are Four 9-12 week program sessions throughout the year
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-9pm, Saturdays 8am-12noon
For more information or to Sign Up, call (412) 371-3689Get the Flyer Get the Program
CEA NOW OFFERING EXPANDED TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
CEA is now expanding their training opportunities in the following industries: Construction and Trade, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Customer Service, Retail, Healthcare, Landscaping, Small Engine Repair, and Job Assistance. GED preparation is also now available. Jump start your career! Get Involved. Ages 16 years and up. See the flyer above for more information.
CREATING A COMMUNITY-DRIVEN LABORFORCE
CALLING COMMUNITY RESIDENTS, MWDBE, SPECIALTY TRADE/SUB-CONTRACTORS, LABORERS, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS and YOUTHBUILD TRAINED...
WHAT IS STEP?
CEA created a Strategic Training Employment Program (STEP), a workforce development resource to enhance the ability of local public & private developers, businesses and organizations to recruit and retain a diverse skilled labor workforce in the emerging industry sectors of the Pittsburgh region and to better promote achievement by minorities in securing economic independence and self-sufficiency. A component of the Strategic Training Employment Program (STEP) is to work with the Section 3 program wherever possible to as a starting point to obtain job training, employment and contracting opportunities for residents and businesses in our communities when development is occurring. This means that since the Homewood Station Senior Apartments development is happening in our community, we here at CEA want to position as many community residents and business concerns as possible to participate in the development. Ultimately, with your help we will be building a community driven labor ready workforce.Get the STEP Application (.pdf)
WHAT IS SECTION 3?
Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, and implementing regulations at states the purpose of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 is to ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, and consistent with existing Federal, State and local laws and regulations, be directed to low-and very low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing , and to business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low-and very low-income persons.
CEA Trade Program Graduates New Class
When founder Rashad Byrdsong congratulated the 10 young men and women who graduated from his Strategic Training Employment Program, he told them they will not only be able to rebuild their lives, but their own communities also.
Byrdsong created the STEP course to address the double-digit unemployment rate in Pittsburgh's Black Community, while giving young people a chance to change their lives for the better.
State Rep. Ed Gainey, D- East Liberty, said CEA is doing a great job giving young people the skills that can save their lives.
“You have to divorce yourself from the street, and marry yourself to your livelihood,” Rashad told the class at their Aug. 15, 2013 graduation. “You should celebrate now. Be proud of what you’ve achieved, but get ready for the challenge ahead. There is no excuse, saying there is nothing to do, because you know there is.”
The program is primarily designed to take advantage of the Section 3 requirement for local employment on projects funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and trains students in math and blueprint reading, introductory carpentry, and includes hands-on and specialized training in drywall, finishing, metal studs, cabinetry and related fields.
Learn more about our partnering program, Ma'at Construction.