Building Skills Partnership

ADVANCE Workplace ESL & Job Skills

ADVANCE Program

Close to 400 janitors and other immigrant workers graduate each year from our intensive, six-month ADVANCE program, blending Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) curriculum with job skills instruction. Classes are held at over 30 large, corporate worksites on work paid time, ensuring high attendance and graduation rates of over 80%. Janitors who graduate from the 50-100 hour intensive courses are often promoted to higher paid day cleaning, event service, building maintenance, clean room, and supervisory positions. At many sites, ADVANCE participants are also paired with volunteers from client corporations or universities for one-on-one English and computer tutoring, bridging enormous cultural divides.

Current List of work-sites with ADVANCE Classes:

SITE

CITY

COMPANY

PROPERTY MGR.

Gateway Towers

Torrance

Universal Building Maintenance

Equity Management

Santa Monica Business Park

Santa Monica

Able

Equity Management

DreamWorks Animation Studios

Glendale

Diversified Maintenance

DreamWorks Animation Studios

City National Plaza

Downtown Los Angeles

Diversified Maintenance

Commonwealth

Oppenheimer Tower

Westwood

ABM

Equity Management

Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center

Downey

Servicon Systems

Los Angeles County

Skypark Office Center

Torrance

ABM

Continental Development Corp.

Google (Evening Shift)

Mountain View

Brilliant General Maintenance

Google

Google (Evening Shift)

Mountain View

ABM

Google

Google (Day Shift)

Mountain View

ABM & Brilliant General Maintenance (combined)

Google

Microsoft

Mountain View

ABM

CBRE

Santa Clara University (SCU)

Santa Clara

Bon Appetit

SCU

Stanford University

Palo Alto

UGL-Unicco

Stanford

UC Berkeley

Berkeley

ABM

UCB