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32 graduate from ABC apprenticeship program

August 17, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Thirty-two apprentices graduated Thursday from an Associated Builders & Contractors program.

President Joan Warner said they have the ability to become the next supervisors, project managers and shift leaders. And many might own their own businesses someday.

"We call this the other four-year degree," Warner said.

Students completed four years of on-the-job and classroom training before graduating Thursday as journeymen and journeywomen.

"They learn everything related to their particular trade," Warner said.

Graduates Thursday had expertise in five areas - carpentry; electrical; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; plumbing; and sheet metal.

Students are required to take practical exams for hands-on experience.

"They're getting more skills, and making themselves more valuable to their companies," Warner said. "They're getting the skills the same as if they were going to college."

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Warner said that people skilled in the trades are always in demand.

"There's just not enough people going into the trades," she said.

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