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Local Students Take Part in National Apprenticeship Week

In collaboration with Michigan Works! West Central, more than 300 students from Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola counties heard from industry professionals about the benefits of registered apprenticeships as a viable career path during National Apprenticeship Week (November 12-18).

Local journey workers and current apprentices from across the region spoke to high school juniors and seniors at the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center (MOCC) and the Newaygo County Career-Tech Center (NCCTC) to share their personal success stories with registered apprenticeships through the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). 

USDOL registered apprenticeships have two main components: 1. On-the-job training with a mentor and  2. At least 144 hours of in-classroom training per year, so students heard from companies who use apprenticeships as well as some training providers.

On Tuesday, November 13th, MOCC students in the Automotive Tech, Construction Trades, Diesel Tech, Innovative Engineering, and Welding and Fabrication programs heard from, Cargill Salt (Hersey), Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters union (Lansing) and Reed City Group (Reed City).

And on Wednesday, November 14th, students in the Construction Trades, Mechatronics and Information Technology programs at the NCCTC heard from Legacy Tool (Newaygo), Magna Mirrors of America (Newaygo), Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters (Lansing) and Muskegon Community College (Muskegon).

At the end of each panel discussion, students had the opportunity to ask questions to the industry professionals to further their understanding and knowledge of registered apprenticeships. If you are a student interested in USDOL apprenticeships and want more information click here.