TOP participants come from many backgrounds.
Here are some of their stories:
When Aster was laid off from her graphic design job, she found a new career as a Pipe Trades Apprentice.
After immigrating from Nepal, Sujan became a Sheet Metal Apprentice to take care of his family.
Melissa went from a dead-end retail job to making $25/hour as a Carpenter Apprentice.
Louis overcame a conviction to re-enter the construction industry with a new perspective.
In search of a secure retirement, Abdullah switched from working as a paralegal to training as a Construction Inspector.
Lisa went from a halfway house to building the new Apple campus.
After failing the Electrician's aptitude test three times, Ronald took the TOP class – and then passed the test with flying colors.
Looking for a new career at age 50, Richard became an electrical apprentice – and now can't wait to start training others.
TOP helped Juan Carlos leave behind a string of unstable jobs and find a career in carpentry.