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CAPHCC Ride & Decide Program Overview

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For every 4 skilled workers that leave the construction industry, only 1 is entering the field.

Dear CAPHCC Contractor,

If you have recently read the state CAPHCC newsletter you may have heard about the “Ride and Decide” Program.  If not, please read the brief synopsis below.

We encourage you as a contractor to sign up for the summer 2017 pilot program with the attached application form. This program has gained a huge amount of local, state and national recognition and it is a first step in helping to increase a generation of potential workers to consider our trades.

The Ride and Decide Program Purpose:

Pair students with trade industry contractors to allow them to experience the trade while assisting in paid work functions during their summer school break.

The Pilot Program

Student eligibility, student must:

  • be at least 16 years of age before starting the program and have completed their sophomore year of high school
  • have at least a C average and excellent school attendance
  • have reliable transportation to and from work location
  • be recommended to the program by an educator, school administrator or PHCC member
  • obtain parental permission with a Release for the PHCC and educational institution
  • adhere strictly to the attendance and employment regulations required by the employer and adhere strictly to the CA Child Labor Laws


The Procedure:

    1. The program will be introduced to the entire incoming Sophomore class and their parents or guardians at the beginning of the year at a Career Planning Day.
    2. The program may also be introduced to individual students through their Guidance Counselor, Vocational/Technical Teacher or PHCC member.
    3. Each student will receive an application form and brochure fully explaining the “Ride and Decide” program.
    4. After hearing from representatives for all the different trades, students will complete a form and answer questions concerning their interests after high school. At this time they will have the opportunity to either decline to participate in the program or to complete the remainder of the form applying to participate in the program.
  1. Those choosing to participate in the program will be asked on the form to choose from a list of trades their first and second choices that they would be interested in working in during the upcoming summer vacation.
  2. Students will be drawn and matched to an area business in one of their selected fields, based on availability of participating businesses, to experience the everyday workplace of their selection.
  3. Each participating student will have the opportunity to work four weeks of the summer for that business. Each student will be compensated by the employer at least minimum wage.
  4. At the end of the four weeks, students will be asked to answer a questionnaire regarding their summer job experience and will have the opportunity to ask any questions concerning the pursuit of a career and/or an education in that field.
  5. Students will have an opportunity to work an additional four weeks paired with another contractor if they choose and availability exists.
  6. Students who have developed a positive working relation with their summer employer may be able to secure a job during the upcoming Senior year thru a Co-op program or Senior Project. For those students who choose to pursue a college education or select college courses related to a selected trade, arrangements will be made with their individual high schools to help them with those applications also. Either way, every family has a better opportunity to make the right decision.

Employer Participation:

  • Each employer will be required to sign a Release for the PHCC and the educational institution before enrolling in the program.
  • Employers will pay the students at least minimum wage, $10.00 per hour.
  • Each employer will be required to educate their staff on the CA Labor Laws and restrict their student employment activities according to the law.  (See the website for information).
  • Each employer realizes that the student is working to gain knowledge about the profession and assist their employees with their tasks.  Broad based experiences are preferred but at the contractor’s discretion.

Thank you and we look forward to working with you to make this program a success!





Tracy Threlfall

Executive Vice President