Apprenticeship Career Fair to be held December 8; Detroiters ages 18 to 25 interested in a skilled trades career can register with Local affiliates

Contact:
Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542; steven.wasko@detroitk12.org or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401; jennifer.mrozowski@detroitk12.org

DETROIT-Detroit residents, ages 18 to 25, interested a skilled trades career will be able to register with local unions during an apprenticeship career fair Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Randolph Career and Technical Center, 17101 Hubbell Street.

More than 15 Local affiliates and trades associations are scheduled to be on site to provide information about apprenticeship programs in carpentry, cement masonry, drywall finishing, electricians, iron works, millwrights, painting, pipefitting, plumbing, roofing and sheet metal. Design Build teams hired to build and renovate Detroit Public Schools through the district’s bond program will also be on site.

“The career fair on December 8 is about keeping a commitment to voters and creating every opportunity possible to expand Detroit’s workforce,” said Carol Weaver, Program Supervisor for the Bond Program. “The fair will be an excellent opportunity for Detroit residents aged 18-25 to receive valuable information about Apprenticeship programs from various Local Union Representatives and also speak with Design/Build teams who are currently working on DPS’ Proposal S Bond projects, totaling $500.5 million.”

Participants can learn how to register for training and apprenticeship programs that will prepare them for a career in skilled trades. A high school diploma or a GED is required to be admitted into any building trades program.

The career fair is hosted by the Michigan Building and Trades Council, Detroit Public Schools, and the Randolph Career and Technical Center, which is also registering 11th and 12th graders for student worker programs. Parking is free at the Randolph Career and Technical Center.

Detroit voters approved Proposal S in November 2009 which enabled the district to access $500.5 million for school capital improvement projects. DPS received the sixth largest allocation in the nation. The improvement program also includes district-wide technology upgrades and security initiatives being funded with Proposal S dollars. To comply with federal guidelines, all bond dollars must be spent within three years and all projects must be completed by September 2012.

What:
An apprenticeship career fair
When and Where:
Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Randolph Career and Technical Center, 17101 Hubbell Street.

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