LatinoBuilt’s pre-apprenticeship class
LatinoBuilt’s pre-apprenticeship 1st cohort
LatinoBuilt’s pre-apprenticeship cohort
LatinoBuilt PreApprenticeship cohort 1

Contact: Dulce Perkins, LatinoBuilt Training Program Manager

PORTLAND, OREGON — December 7, 2023

Portland Oregon – LatinoBuilt Association will hold a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, December 13th from 4pm – 7pm for their first pre-apprenticeship cohort focused on women. This new program provides intensive training in construction basics, employable skills, and workplace safety to individuals interested in pursuing careers in the construction industry.

LatinoBuilt’s program is one of the first of its kind in the region to offer Bilingual training to an all Latino cohort, and is receiving overwhelming support from sponsors, local businesses, and community leaders. The first cohort graduation consists of 2 men and 7 women from a variety of backgrounds, including those who faced economic or social barriers to entering the construction industry.

We are incredibly proud of our first cohort of pre-apprenticeship graduates,” said Dulce Perkins, Training Program Manager of LatinoBuilt. “This program is changing lives and breaking down barriers for women who want to pursue careers in construction. We are grateful for the support of our partners and sponsors, who made this program possible.

The program graduation was made possible by generous contributions from Portland Community College, Turner Construction, and The Home Depot. These sponsors recognized the importance of providing opportunities for women in the construction industry, and the BOLI Grant support allowed LatinoBuilt to offer the program free of charge to participants.

“​​It’s an honor to support LatinoBuilt and its work to provide essential workforce training and job opportunities for women in the construction industry,” said Amy James Neel, Workforce & Contracting Equity Manager within PCC’s Office of Planning and Capital Construction. “This new program will make a real difference in the economic mobility of its participants and their families. PCC is proud to support it.

LatinoBuilt’s program has already garnered attention from other organizations in the region. The nonprofit is offering additional cohorts next year, with the goal of expanding opportunities for women and other underrepresented groups in the construction industry.

For more information on LatinoBuilt’s programs, contact Rosa Martinez, Interim Executive Director at

If you would like to learn about or sponsor the pre-apprenticeship graduation, contact Dulce Perkins, Training Program Manager at (503) 889-0511 or

LatinoBuilt |  a nonprofit organization with a mission of improving opportunities in construction for Latino-owned businesses in Oregon. Learn more and become a member at or on social media @latinobuilt #latinobuilt. 

Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) | Apprenticeship and Training Division (ATD) was awarded $18.9 Million in grant funding to support the development, expansion and implementation of registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. The funds will accelerate innovation in health care and manufacturing apprenticeships and support the development of pre-apprenticeship training programs in healthcare, manufacturing, and construction.

[photo credit: Dulce Perkins]