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High School Students Enter Esteemed Trade Union Apprenticeship Programs

On Friday, May 3, seven high school students from the Fairbanks School District will sign apprenticeship contracts with local trade unions and set themselves on paths to high-income, sustainable careers.

(From left) Reyna Rivera-Bronson and Justin Boots of Hutchison High School and Garrett Tucker of North Pole High School will enter apprenticeship programs with United Association Local Union 375 Plumbers and Pipefitters.

(From left) Caleb Ekalook of Lathrop High School, Trevor Valley of Effie Kokrine Charter School, and Tony Crane of North Pole High School will sign with Alaska Carpenters Local Union 1243.

(Above) Mason Jefferies of West Valley High School will sign with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1547.

The unique opportunity to enter a trade union apprenticeship program while still in high school is made possible by the school district’s School to Apprenticeship (STA) program. In October 2011, Superintendent Pete Lewis signed groundbreaking STA linkage agreements with several local construction trade apprenticeship programs and opened the door for students to become registered apprentices in the construction trades while completing their senior year of high school.

This is the second year the school district and local trade unions have worked together to identify highly qualified apprenticeship candidates and facilitate their direct entry into trade union apprenticeship programs.

Thanks to the innovative STA agreements, students now have a chance to enroll in construction trade apprenticeship programs with several of Alaska’s best union apprenticeship programs – and advance rewarding careers while still in high school.

Photos by Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, used with permission.

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