Julio Hernandez


View our Training Programs in Action

Articles & News

View Slides: Alcatraz Fall 2017 Team & Graduation

"CPI Partners to win $250,000 American Express grant award" Summer 2016

"Working at Alcatraz" Concrete Construction Magazine, January 2015

CPI News January 2015

CPI News December 2014

"Preserving Concrete on 'The Rock'" American Society of Civil Engineers
by Kevin Wilcox, June 3, 2014

"Hidden History Found Beneath Alcatraz" BBC News: Science & Environment, by Rebecca Morelle, February 26, 2014

Nicholas Kolowich



​​​​The Need

​VETERANS- 200-250,000 service members leave the military each year, many of whom are searching for a career in the civilian world; CPI helps to decrease veteran unemployment and underemployment by working with active duty personnel early in their service-to-civilian transition 

CONSTRUCTION & INFRASTRUCTURE - Concrete and construction are among the world's largest industries, with employers in critical need of workforce, with an expected 1.5 million-worker shortage by 2020; we partner with companies nationwide who support our programs and hire graduates


NATIONAL PARKS - The U.S. National Park System suffers from $11.6 billion in needed repairs, without adequate resources to address these projects that help tell the story of America and keep up with safety & access improvements; we bring industry recognized expertese and people power, and help leverage private industry contributions to address this need 

We accomplish our mission for veterans, national parks, and U.S. infrastructure through the generous support of sponsors and donors. Please consider engaging with us to support the program overall, specific training locations, individual national park or other landmark projects, or special events.

Participant Profiles

Program Links

CPI Pearl Harbor Field School

Founding Sponsor

​Please contact us if you would like to help share our story or invite our internationally known leadership as a presenter at your conference, meeting, or event.

12-week training program at Alcatraz Island available for this group. Click on any of the Active Duty links above. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Thank You Sponsors, Donors, Partners

CPI Alcatraz Island Field School

Founding Sponsor

Ryan White



Partner with us to interview our soon-to-be veteran candidates for positions across the country, at all levels from trades to management, in all areas of the industry including contracting, production, transportation, sales, and service. Our partnerships allow us to attract a new, vast candidate pool for the industry and engage them early in their military-to-civilian transition. 

Maria Valdez



CPI Foundation & the Concrete Preservation Institute's National Park Military Training Program


Alcatraz Field School Overview, 2014 - 10 minutes

About Alcatraz Island, 2016 - 2 minutes

Contact us to engage your transitioning personnel for career training and placement in trades and management careers with companies across the U.S. CPI's Skills Bridge/Career Skills Program is unique with our nationwide employer coverage, training that simultaneously addresses a critical need in national parks, and connections to a wide variety of career options in contracting, production, transportation, sales, service, and other areas related to construction and infrastructure.

Click here for information about our programs
Click here to connect with us and get an email/call back with more information
Click here to apply for our 12-week active duty CSP/Skill Bridge training program - participation is within six months of transition
Click here to apply for our 40-hour Career Exploration Program - currently only offered at Pearl Harbor location, participation is any time in last year of active duty service

Alcatraz Field School Overview, 2016 - 4 minutes

Contact us to discuss possibilities for partnership. We bring industry-leading expertese, people-power, and other resources to complete significant new construction, structural repair, inspection & evaluation, and maintenance projects in national parks and public/landmark structures and sites that increase cultural resource longevity, visitor access, operational/visitor safety, and interpretative opportunities that educate the public and attract additional resources. 

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Additional Sponsors, Donors, &


Increasing Readiness for Our Veterans,

Our Infrastructure, & Our National Parks

We partner with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Interior, and with industry companies across the country who support our programs and hire our alumni.

We benefit the United States and its taxpayers by combining the strengths and needs of three national concerns: our military veterans, our infrastructure, and our national parks. 

Helping avoid potential military-to-civilian transition pitfalls, we offer career preparation, nationwide placement, & hands-on training for transitioning active duty service members at all levels from all service branches while completing construction, repair, & safety/access projects in national parks.

Current program locations are Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California, & Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with additional locations planned. ​​


Summer 2016
CPI has partnered with Pacific Historic Parks to win a $250,000 American Express grant award for preservation in National Parks. The award funds initial preservation of a Pearl Harbor Battleship Row historic mooring quays as part of the CPI Field School at Pearl Harbor. Read More

Spring 2016
CPI was approved at the first overseas Career Skills Program for the US Army. Active duty service members from any service branch may participate.

Fall 2015

Henry Freimuth, US Navy veteran and 2015 CPI Alumni, was highlighted in the RMC Research & Education Foundation 2015 Year-end Update. Read more