Changing Lives Through Career Access & Education
Lending Our Voluntary Efforts To Others
Career Access designed to prepare disadvantaged students for entry into construction careers. Our focus delivers quality learning opportunities that include Construction Readiness, Fitness & Nutrition, Math, Tool Safety, Resume & Soft Skill Building, Material ID & Handling and Tape Measure Reading as starting points to career readiness.
PASTOR LAWRENCE WILLIS
Pastor Lawrence Willis was born January 30, 1961 in San Diego, CA and is married to Lady Carole Stephanie Willis. Together they have 5 children. Mr. Willis is the Pastor of True Vine of Holiness MBC since 2001-Present. Pastor Willis received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2004 from United Theological Seminary in Bible College in Christian Education. Pastor Willis received his Associates of Arts Degree in Adult in Marriage Education in 2005 from the University of Bridgeport. In 2015 Pastor Willis became a recipient of the Washington State African American Achievement Award. Also in 2015, he received an Exceptional Community Service award for Community Partnership for Transition Service (CPTS). From 2009-2016, Pastor Willis was the President of the United Black Christians Clergy. Pastor Willis is currently a Board Member with the following organizations: The City of Seattle – Women and Minority Owned Business Enterprise (WMBE) and the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI) – Building Tiny House for the Homeless. Pastor Willis is the Facilitator / Sponsor of My Brother’s Keeper and for the Cities United National Organization. Lawrence received an award for Racial, Social, and Economic Justice Award from Washington Community Action Network (CAN). Mr. Willis is the Program Administrator of the Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (PACT) Program at Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI). Program Manager Priority Hire Urban League of Seattle 2018 to Present Pastor Willis is a Journeyman Carpenter from 1992-2003.
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
Leadership includes decades of knowledge leading recognized organizations and a history of delivering outcomes that create opportunity and have helped countless lives. Working in alliance with education and industry to advance opportunities for disadvantaged communities of color, women and re-entry pipelines to generate real career access.
A clear cut path for career development is essential to provide highly skilled productive pre-apprentices which produce competent journey workers.
OUR VISION AND MISSION
Lending Our Voluntary Efforts to Others mission is to execute collaborative partnerships that eliminate barriers to opportunity while helping individuals acquire skills and knowledge necessary to successfully integrate into the construction trades industry.
To be recognized throughout the state as the leading accredited pre-apprenticeship program producing highly trained apprentices and having thriving community partnerships.
Integrity, transparency, excellence and the highest standards govern everything we do.
We seek partnerships both within and beyond the … to enhance our actions and our outcomes.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Everyone is respected, included and given the opportunity to excel.
We consistently seek a better way, and we embrace challenges.
Our purpose is to benefit our students and society through knowledge and effort.
We provide every student with the opportunity to excel.
Seattle Public Schools’ New Student and Community Workforce Agreement
Prepare Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) workers to succeed in the construction trades industry by increasing skills and education attainment through leveraging an integrated approach that encompasses (1) incentivized participant engagement; (2) resource navigation and acquisition of support services to reduce barriers to program participation and subsequent career pathways activities; (3) fortified cadre of educational supports that successfully strengthen participant 21st Century Skills, construction trade technical acumen as well as life skills execution and (4) execution of success coaching (mentoring) as a tool to increase participant program retention and successful career pathway navigation.