Building Skills Partnership

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for low-wage property service workers and their families by increasing their skills, access to education, and opportunities for career and community advancement and participation.

"Having a vocational English class at my worksite helped me greatly. I learned how to better communicate with tenants and my supervisor. Thank you BSP"

Juan P., ABLE worker

"The scholarship I received from BSP helped pay my tuition costs. I'm now a step closer to getting my degree which will not only benefit me, but my family and my community as well."

Cynthia, BSP Scholarship Recipient

"Participating in BSP's Citizenship program gave me the confidence to submit my naturalization application. I passed my exam and achieved my dream of becoming a US citizen."

Isabel Q., ABM Worker

2014 BSP Scholarship Application Now Available

2014 BSP Scholarship Application Now Available

Building Skills Partnership is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 school year for members and/or children of SEIU-USWW members who plan to continue their studies.     Applications are due May 16, 2014 To Download Scholarship Application CLICK HERE Eligibility Requirements - Be a member of SEIU-USWW or a child of a member. - Enter or continue enrollment at a ...

BSP Highlighted as a Best Practice Model by Brookings Institute

BSP Highlighted as a Best Practice Model by Brookings Institute

On July 22, 2013, BSP’s Executive Director, Aida Cardenas, was a guest panelist at the Brooking Institute Metropolitan Policy Program to discuss immigrant integration. The discussion examined the potential impact of immigration reform legislation on local areas and highlighting innovative initiatives from around the country. BSP was highlighted as a ...

Aida Cardenas featured on UCLA Website

Aida Cardenas featured on UCLA Website

BSP’s Executive Director, Aida Cardenas, is featured on UCLA Website for her contributions to ensuring property service workers have access to training and education. “She was embraced by the janitors and won the respect of her colleagues for her hard work and dedication,” said Kent Wong. To read story click here: ...

BSP on “The World”, National Radio Show

BSP on “The World”, National Radio Show

  BSP's training programs for janitors at large high tech companies were highlighted in the radio feature "Silicon Valley Immigrant Janitors Learning English at Work", which not only aired on BBC's national weekly radio news magazine called "The World," but also on various NPR stations in California. At Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Stanford ...

BSP Receives Grant Through the California Latino Age Wave Initiative

BSP Receives Grant Through the California Latino Age Wave Initiative

BSP has received a two-year grant of $50,000 from Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), The Atlantic Philanthropies, The California Wellness Foundation and The SCAN Foundation through the California Latino Age Wave Initiative (CALAWI). This grant will increase BSP’s capacity and programming to better serve aging Latino immigrants in California. The objective ...

BSP Joins Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in Workforce Symposium

BSP Joins Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in Workforce Symposium

On April 23, 2013, BSP’s Executive Director, Aida Cardenas, joined Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the Workforce Leadership Symposium - Turning Vision into Action. As a City and County Workforce Investment Board Member, Aida spoke about the future of workforce development in Los Angeles and specifically about how union-negotiated ...

BSP Receives Grant from Western Digital Foundation

BSP Receives Grant from Western Digital Foundation

  Western Digital has granted BSP a $9,000 grant through its WD Foundation to support BSP’s computer literacy classes in Santa Clara County for janitors or other low-wage building service workers or their families. BSP’s computer classes are mostly offered on Saturdays to accommodate the schedules of janitors who work late ...

2013 BSP Scholarship Application Now Available

2013 BSP Scholarship Application Now Available

Building Skills Partnership and SEIU-USWW are currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2013-2014 school year for members and/or children of SEIU-USWW members who plan to continue their studies. Scholarships will range from $250 to $1000. Applications are due May 15, 2013 To Download Scholarship Application CLICK HERE Eligibility Requirements - Be a member of SEIU-USWW ...