Local unions register Detroit residents for skilled trades training opportunities at DPS, MBTC Apprenticeship Career Fair

More than 15 local union affiliates and trades associations today are registering Detroit residents age 18 to 25 who are interested in skilled trades training opportunities during an apprenticeship career fair sponsored by Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and the Michigan Building Trades Council (MBTC).

The apprenticeship career fair is free and open to Detroit residents age 18 to 25 at the Randolph Career and Technical Center, 17101 Hubbell Street, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parking is free.

Participants can register for training programs that will prepare them for a career in carpentry, cement masonry, drywall finishing, electrical, iron works, millwright, painting, pipefitting, plumbing, roofing and sheet metal. A high school diploma or a GED is required to be admitted into any building trades program.

“This is the third and final apprenticeship career fair in the DPS School Construction program,” said Carol Weaver, Director for the Bond Program. “Since the bond program began in 2010, we’ve worked with the Michigan Building Trades Council to provide opportunities for Detroit residents to learn more about apprenticeship programs from unions and also speak with our design/build teams who are currently working to build and renovate the district’s schools.”

New facilities for Mumford High School, Finney Crockett High School, and Munger and Mackenzie elementary middle schools are under construction and will open next year. Nine schools opened in September. Four additional facility renovations and a new high-tech DPS Police Headquarters & Command Center also opened earlier this year.

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 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.

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