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:
- OSHA 10 Safety
- First Aid/CPR
- Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3), developed by North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and offered with the approval and partnership of the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council
Rising Sun provides all graduates a full year of retention support to facilitate new hire success.
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“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.”
“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.”