JAC Program Dir. Named to CA Apprenticeship Council

Governor Jerry Brown today underscored a commitment to building apprenticeship for the 21st Century by appointing Yvonne de la Peña to serve on the California Apprenticeship Council.

De la Peña currently serves as Program Director for the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC), a post she has held since 1990. During her tenure as program director, de la Peña has helped transform the CFFJAC into a model of labor-management partnership in the area of apprenticeship training.

Yvonne’s experience and personal commitment to the mission of apprenticeship makes her an ideal choice to serve on the CAC,” said CFFJAC Chair Dan Terry. “We’re proud that her strong, capable voice will be a part of building the future of apprenticeship in our state.

The 17-member California Apprenticeship Council provides policy recommendations to the Division of Apprenticeship Standards. The CAC also issues rules and regulations to implement apprenticeship legislation and conducts appeals hearings in apprenticeship disputes.

Whether in public safety or the building trades, apprenticeship programs are helping to build our state’s future,” said de la Peña. “I appreciate the governor’s trust, and am grateful to again be part of the CAC’s important work.

As CFFJAC Program Director, de la Peña oversees one of the largest labor-management apprenticeship partnerships in the nation, serving more than 6,000 apprentices in 130 affiliated departments and labor organizations. She helped create, and currently oversees, three centers around the state that offer the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), the industry-standard physical ability testing for would-be firefighters. The appointment is de la Peña’s second to the CAC – she served on the council from 2001 to 2005.

Yvonne brings credibility and a deep understanding of the challenges and rewards of apprenticeship to the CAC,” concluded California Professional Firefighters President Lou Paulson. "Governor Brown has made an excellent choice to fill this important position.”

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