Iowa's building trades unions sponsor comprehensive apprenticeship readiness programs (ARPs) throughout Iowa. These programs provide a gateway for local residents – focusing on women, people of color, and youth – to gain access to building trades' registered apprenticeship programs. ARPs are administered by state and local Building Trades Councils and they teach NABTU’s nationally recognized Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3). The MC3 curriculum is a standardized, comprehensive, 120-hour construction course designed to help young people and transitioning adults choose and succed in apprenticeship programs. The MC3 curriculum is taught face-to-face, but it is delivered via NABTU's online learning management system. Our program offers:
Certified by a number of State Education Departments, the MC3 is bringing true construction education back into high schools.
The building trades know the importance of introducing, connecting and engaging young people early to harness a lifetime dedication to our trades.
WE INTRODUCE: NABTU’s MC3 introduces students to the different building trades and teaches them the skills necessary to successfully apply for a registered apprenticeship, debt-free education.
WE CONNECT: NABTU’s MC3 connects two high-quality education systems: America’s secondary schools and the Building Trades registered apprenticeship programs.
WE ENGAGE: NABTU’s MC3 engages students with industry and labor leaders through state-of-the-art curriculum.