Construction Career Academy prepares candidates for union apprenticeships with the skills and knowledge necessary to pass a trade union entrance exam.

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Start a New Career in 10 Weeks

Our pre-apprenticeship classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two hours and Saturdays for four hours.


Prepare for Success

Over a 2 month period students will learn what it takes to pass the written and oral exams for entry into a Union.

Learn From Experts

Learn from industry leaders with decades of experience in training and preparing students to become successful apprentices.

Grow Your Skillset

You will learn not only how to get an apprenticeship, but also how to keep it and thrive in your new career.




Ongoing Enrollment
10 Weeks: Tues/Thurs 6pm – 8pm
Saturdays 8am – 12pm

“This is a great time to start a career in construction. With billions of dollars being spent in Los Angeles, this program offers a unique opportunity to start a career building the skyscrapers, stadiums, and public works projects that are the future of Los Angeles – with great earning potential and union benefits – if you’re willing to put in the work.”

-Amare El Jamii, Co-Founder & Instructor
Construction Career Academy

What You Will Learn

Written Exam Prep

We will cover construction math concepts that you will use everyday on the job through entry level algebra and geometry to spatial analysis and mechanical principals.

Oral Exam Prep

We will prepare students for the traditional panel style interviews conducted by the majority of Building Trades. This will be done in the classroom, one-on-one, as well as mock interviews.

Soft Skills

Students will learn the necessary soft skills and worksite safety protocols needed to successfully navigate and excel through the various union apprenticeship programs.

Your Instructors

James T. Mitchell

James T Mitchell has over thirty years of experience in the industrial training management field. This includes personnel screening and selection, union construction entrance exam preparation, labor market research and analysis, vocational counseling and industrial training program development for all 26 construction trades. He also has experience in teaching mathematics, student counseling and clinical psychology. The industries Mr. Mitchell has served include: construction (both industrial and residential), heavy manufacturing, oil refining, shipyards, transportation and military. His formal education includes a bachelor of arts in psychology and sociology as well as a master of science in psychology from Tennessee State University.

Amare El Jamii

After working for over a decade in the manufacturing and distribution industries, Amare El Jamii enrolled in community college with the intent on pursuing a more fulfilling career. He obtained his Associate degrees in both Mathematics and Computer Information Systems as well as his Bachelor degrees in Statistics and Applied Mathematics from Norco College and UCLA respectfully. Since graduation he has continued his work in education, specifically with students from under-represented and under-resourced communities. His work experience includes working with non-profit organizations, secondary educational institutions, California Community Colleges, the Cal States and the University of California. Amare’s last position as a Director of a non-profit allowed him to oversee a dozen educational based projects from a college prep course to a robotics course teaching students how to build and fly drones. He has taught multiple subjects in the STEM fields, from mathematics and computer programming to unmanned aerial systems. Amare is currently co-founder of both Cultivating Hope, LLC, an educational consulting firm and the J.T. Mitchell Pre-Apprencticeship Academy, an organization that prepares students to take the written and oral exams and enter into union construction and trade careers.

Trades Covered

Operating Engineer
Roofer & Water Proofer
Sheet Metal
Sprinkler Fitter
Steamfitter & Industrial Pipefitter
*Other trades are available depending on student requests and availability of trades.

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