VIDEO RELEASE: Central Valley Training Center Celebrates Graduates of 2022

December 9, 2022

SELMA, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) today celebrated the seventh cohort in the labor industry to complete the Central Valley Training Center’s 12-week pre-apprenticeship program in Selma.

The pre-apprenticeship training program is aimed at serving veterans, at-risk young adults, minority and low-income populations in the Central Valley. The no-cost program provides hands-on construction industry training for people looking to work on the nation’s first high-speed rail project.


Since launching in 2020, 109 students have graduated from the program with more than 1,000 inquiring about the program. After graduation, the training center assists with job placement, including coordination with the high-speed rail project and its contractors.

The Central Valley Training Center is a project of the California High-Speed Rail Authority in partnership with the Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare Building Trades Council, Fresno Economic Development Corporation, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, and the City of Selma.

The Authority has two federal grant applications pending, a portion of which will continue our support of the training center. This month, the Authority applied for $235 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) funds and in October, the Authority applied for $67 million from the Federal Railroad Administration’s FY22 Railroad Crossing Elimination Program.

California’s high-speed rail project is currently under construction on more than 119 miles with more than 30 active construction sites in California’s Central Valley. To date, nearly 9,800 construction jobs have been created on the project. visit:

The following link contains recent video, animations, photography, press center resources and latest renderings:

These files are all available for free use, courtesy of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.


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