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Building a Future in Flint one Brick at a Time

Posted by Rhonda Burke, Department of Labor on Nov 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Emily Williams likes a challenge. The petite 23-year-old Flint, Michigan, resident, originally studied criminal justice at Wayne County Community College. She also worked as a laborer in the concrete-casting industry, but struggled financially and had to stop taking classes.

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Topics: National Apprenticeship Week, Apprenticeships

Upper Peninsula Electrical Apprentice Finds Passion for Her Trade

Posted by Scott Allen, Department of Labor on Nov 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Erin Lakenen works full time at B&B Electric Inc. in Iron Mountain, Michigan. At just 22, the third-year apprentice electrician already owns her own home, and is an example of the benefits available to young women who pursue career opportunities in the skilled trades.
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Topics: National Apprenticeship Week, Apprenticeships

Michigan's Vocational Village Helps to Fill Skilled Construction Jobs

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

At two Michigan prisons, a new program is showing inmates they have what it takes to learn a trade and still be able to make something of their lives. For many, it’s a hand up and a way out of the cycle of crime and punishment.

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Topics: Training Programs

America was Built by the Hands of Apprentices

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 14, 2017 9:14:00 AM

The history of apprenticeships dates back thousands of years, but written reference to this practice first surfaced about 4,000 years ago in the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, which stated that “artisans teach their crafts to the youth” so the skills learned can continue.

Obviously, a lot has changed in how apprenticeship programs have been run in the past 4,000 years, so let’s fast forward to modern times to see how the system has evolved.

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Topics: National Apprenticeship Week

Why Would I Choose an Apprenticeship over College?

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

 

When asked the age-old question, “is college worth it?" many high school students and young people out of high school are beginning to think “no, it’s not.”

Perhaps it may have seemed enticing back in 1980 when the average college tuition was just $2,100 a year and, heck, it probably was worth it then. But today, the cost of a four-year degree is $96,244 in tuition alone. Add in the cost of books, living expenses, and all associated costs, and the final price of a Bachelor’s degree runs from $125,000 - $150,000! And student loan debt can be with you for years — sometimes even decades — after graduation.

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Topics: National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week 2017: Michigan Events

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to participate in an apprenticeship program instead of attending a college or university? National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is targeted towards people just like you — to help you discover what can be achieved with the #other4yeardegree. During last year’s NAW, more than 300 events took place in 47 States. NAW 2017 will be even bigger, with almost 400 events planned  — 32 of those will take place right here in Michigan. Here are a few we think you should check out.

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Topics: National Apprenticeship Week, Apprenticeships

2nd Annual Apprenticeship EXPO - November 14, 2017

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 7, 2017 1:50:32 PM

The goal of the Expo is to help people find a gateway into Apprenticeship programs. The event will feature hands-on exhibits in several skilled trades, allowing attendees to experience how people do their jobs as carpenters, electricians, bricklayers, masons, iron workers, roofers, and welders. Simulators for heavy equipment (truck) operators, virtual design computers and apprenticeship resources will also be part of the Expo.  Download Brochure

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Topics: National Apprenticeship Week, Construction Career, Apprenticeships, Randolph Career & Technical Center

SEMCA Joins the Michigan Construction Movement

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 7, 2017 7:38:00 AM

Michigan Construction is proud to welcome Southeast Michigan Construction Academy to the movement that is uniting the industry and changing the way people connect with careers in construction.

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Topics: Michigan Construction Movement, Apprenticeships, Training Programs

Michigan Construction Announces One Day Summit for Industry Leaders to Tackle the Workforce Problem

Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 1, 2017 4:57:00 PM

The Michigan Construction Summit is the can't-miss industry conference for rebuilding Michigan's Construction Workforce. This one-day conference is focused on finding ways to fill the talent pool with skilled and qualified candidates who demonstrate the right character for successful careers in Michigan’s construction industry. Sessions are geared towards providing real-world solutions for construction employers to take full advantage of the Michigan construction talent development pipeline.

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Topics: Michigan Construction Movement

Construction's Occupational Categories

Posted by Brindley Byrd on Oct 25, 2017 7:00:00 AM

In our quest to expand Michigan’s construction workforce, it is essential to define not only different industry segments, but occupational categories as well. In the report, “Michigan Construction: By the Numbers,” we showcase the diversity of construction industry occupations, comparing each of the five categories.

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Topics: Michigan Construction Movement

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