About Us

Pembroke Hopkins Park Construction Outreach Program is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 education foundation created in 2008 to develop an industry-driven standardized craft training program with portable credentials to help address the shortage of disadvantaged, underemployed and unemployed individuals in the construction trades. PHPCOP is a Vocational Training School with a curriculum recognized by the Department of Labor.
 
 The National Center for Construction Education and Research curricula has been approved by the State Board of Education and Higher Board of education and used by many secondary school programs throughout the country.  Our programs are designed to educate students in a number of trades.  PHPCOP also provide an option at student’s choice to earn while you learn termed as “Field Education” to be paid as they do their on the job training with various contractors.  Each Construction trade is a four year program.  In the process of completing the program, Individuals can be employed with some of the top paying companies in the state.  Upon graduation the student will have the necessary valuable marketable skills to continue in the Construction industry.
 
For years, laborers, concrete finishers, machine operators, carpenters, and other construction trades people have learned their skills under the watchful eye of a patient, experienced trade’s person. Times have changed, but the value and goals of PHPCOP has not. This program is designed to recruit, screen and train individuals both on and off the job.  PHPCOP networks with unions and contractors to increase the workforce for disadvantaged, unemployed, and underemployed individuals residing in the United States who have not traditionally been able to enroll in the construction industry.
 
 PHPCOP is designed to help disadvantaged, underemployed, and unemployed individuals who meet the minimum requirements for entry into the training program and to provide them with training that would allow them to develop and demonstrate the basic skills, attitudes, and behavior required for success on the job.  The training program also provides students with blueprint reading, basic math, reading, along with the skills and knowledge necessary for the construction trades.
In order to qualify for on-the-job training, students must meet program standards for attendance and punctuality, participate fully in all instructional components and assessments, and receive positive recommendations from their instructors. Students who are enrolled in PHPCOP will be given the opportunity to master a trade as full-time, paid employees under the direct supervision of qualified journeymen. Students can participate in on-the-job training ranging from one year (1280 hours) to four years (5120 hours).  Also, students will participate in classroom instruction for a minimum of 640 hours which would include, in the field, hands on experiences.

A networking contractor/union may sponsor students enrolled in PHPCOP.