Greg has packed a lot of experiences into his first year. He was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and had bounced around from job to job with no direction until he found the KentuckianaWorks program. There he gained some technical skills and found out about the apprenticeship. Since he began in 2018, he has worked at power plants in Pennsylvania, grain silos in Illinois, airports in Ohio, and automotive plants in his hometown of Louisville Kentucky. He says he enjoys traveling and tries to balance his travel work and his in-town work about 50-50. The retirement is also a big deal to him, he said he could see himself with a pension but never an annuity. Now he has both and way more.
"The ability to work toward retirement is a big thing"
Nick entered the apprenticeship in May 2015, and achieved Journeyman status in June of 2019. Prior to entering the apprenticeship, he worked as a TIG welder in a non-union fabrication shop and jumped around to several different jobs doing carpentry/maintenance at a hotel, being a delivery driver, working in restaurants before he came to us. He got tired of being stuck in life, and he wanted better for himself. He heard about the apprenticeship from a family member and had always been interested in the work but never really thought about apprenticeship as an option. He hasn’t looked back since the day he filled out that application.
"I couldn't have made a better career choice."
When Dave graduated high school, his grades, attendance, and SAT scores all said college, but his mindset was elsewhere. Having already worked for a local door manufacturer Dave saw the value in a career in the trades. When most of his friends from high school went off to college in August of 2015, Dave already had 3 months of valuable on the job experience. Now, as an April 2019 graduate of the program, Dave has a career with insurance, a pension, an annuity, and a future that rivals most of his classmates from high school that went to college. All of this for $400 in book fees, a willingness to put his career education first and the cost of the average carpenters hand tools.
Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters
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