Founded in 1994 as a renewable energy education center, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity has trained Bay Area jobseekers for construction careers since 2009.

Opportunity Build is Rising Sun’s Oakland-based certified Apprenticeship Readiness Program for the building trades, approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards. We work directly with construction employers and building developers to match our graduates with employment in high-road careers.

Accelerate your hiring process with Opportunity Build.

Opportunity Build trainees dedicate 10-12 weeks to learning and preparing for success in the skilled trades, completing up to 280 hours of structured classroom instruction and rigorous hands-on training with retired union tradespeople, including carpenters, surveyors, and guest instructors.

Graduates pass the program with three certificates:

Rising Sun provides all graduates a full year of retention support to facilitate new hire success.

Construction & Union Ready Employees

Opportunity Build prepares graduates for the unique challenges of the construction industry, and can help you secure candidates with the training and enthusiasm to go far.


Ready to Learn More?

Contact Opportunity Build Senior Program Manager Marlin Jeffreys at or (510) 665-1501 ext. 342


graduates trained and ready for employment each year
employers have hired Opportunity Build graduates over the past 3 years

“I love working with Rising Sun, they’re professional, responsive to my needs and a genuine pleasure to work with. They’re a remarkable resource to employers. Their program provides talented people with great attitudes and contagious enthusiasm.”

HR Manager, Sun Light & Power

“Life skills and a devout work ethic are hard to teach, but Rising Sun manages to graduate candidates who stay employed, are committed to their craft, and look out for their well-being and the well-being of others.”

Business Development Representative, SMART (Sheet Metal Workers' Union) Local 104