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The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has partnered with the city of Selma to open a workforce development center that will offer pre-apprenticeship classes and hands-on construction training for Central Valley residents interested in working on the state's high-speed rail project.
Scheduled to open this summer, the center and its programs are aimed at serving military veterans, at-risk young adults, minority and low-income populations in the California counties of Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, Madera and Merced, CHSRA officials said in a press release.
"Through this training center, we can equip the men and women of California to continue building monumental projects like the high-speed rail system. This is a step forward, not only for this project, but for our workforce across the state," said CHSRA Vice Chair Tom Richards.
The courses will be taught by people skilled in the trades. Students will receive 16 weeks of customized classroom instruction to help fulfill the labor force training needed for the high-speed rail project.
Since the first week of April, 800 workers were dispatched to the project's active construction sites between Madera and Kern counties, CHSRA officials said.