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School District to Sign Agreements with Local Construction Apprenticeship Programs

Monday, October 24, 1:30 p.m., at the School District Administrative Center on Fifth Avenue, School District Superintendent of Schools Pete Lewis and high school principals will formally sign “School to Apprenticeship” linkage agreements with several local construction trade apprenticeship programs. The agreements will provide additional opportunities for area high school seniors to enter federally registered apprenticeship programs.

“I am pleased to announce the United States Department of Labor and the Federal Office of
Apprenticeship have formally approved the School District’s request to enter into School to Apprenticeship Agreements with a number of construction trade apprenticeship programs. Brett Helms, JATC Plumbers and Pipefitters, and Tom Minder from the Electrical Workers along with Jim Sampson, director of the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center Trust, have been instrumental in coordinating this effort and bringing it to fruition,” stated Superintendent Pete Lewis.

Apprenticeship programs expected to be represented at the signing will be the Fairbanks Alaska Area Plumbers and Pipefitters JATC, the Alaska Joint Electrical Apprenticeship & Training Trust, Fairbanks Carpenters/Local 1243 and the Operating Engineers Local 302/AGC Employers Training Trust.

These agreements give our students a chance to enroll in a construction trade apprenticeship program during their senior year of high school through a direct entry linkage with some of Alaska’s best union apprenticeship programs.

School to Apprenticeship (STA) refers to the concept of in-school apprenticeship. It is an innovative approach to education and training that allows high school seniors to become registered apprentices in the construction trades while completing their senior year of high school.

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