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Michigan Statewide Carpenters & Millwrights Joint Apprenticeship & Training Center Holds Grand Opening

Published Tuesday, August 31, 2021
by Brianna MacLean-WJMN Via North Central Up News
Michigan Statewide Carpenters & Millwrights Joint Apprenticeship & Training Center Holds Grand Opening

(NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN) - The Michigan Statewide Carpenters & Millwrights Joint Apprenticeship Training Center has officially opened its new facilities in Negaunee Township and is currently accepting Apprentices to become Skilled Trades Construction Workers.

The 32,000 square-foot training center features classrooms and meeting spaces.

Specialized training areas include high-tech survey and optical measurement equipment training and high precision equipment alignment Millwright training.

“Professional Trades will account for nearly (530,000) jobs in the Michigan economy through 2028,” said Susan Corbin, who serves as the Director of Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. “With approximately (47,000) job openings expected annually in the state during that time, many of these jobs are in high-wage, high-demand career paths.  And many of these careers are within reach to Michiganders who complete an Apprenticeship or earn a skills certificate or a two-year degree.”

One of those Millwright Apprentices is Kalysta Sormunen, who took the time to tell all what the new center means to her: “I’m here because I love my school, I love what I do.  I like to crank on stuff.  I think it’s really rewarding to work on something and be able to come back and tell people ‘I did that, I made that.’  The best part about joining the trades is that you don’t have to pay for it.  College, you pay for, you acquire lots of debt.  They pay you to learn.  They pay you to work for them and it’s really about owning your own career.  You make what you want out of it.”

Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights’ (MRCC) Apprentices are paid during their Apprenticeship, which involves taking classroom lessons that include elements of math, science, technology and engineering - as well as working on construction projects in the field.

Apprenticeships typically last four years.

Apprentices also get health care and other benefits, including retirement, and can earn $19 to $23.50 an hour to start ($40.44 to $45.57 total wage and benefit package).

After they complete their apprenticeships, MRCC’s Carpenters and Millwrights Journeypersons can earn $27.13 to $33.63 an hour, plus benefits (a $48.58 to $55.66 total wage and benefit package).

Apprentices must be at least 17 years old and be a high school graduate or possess or begin working toward a GED Certificate at the time of application.

Applicants for Apprenticeships must be U.S. citizens or legal residents in Michigan.

Applicants must have a valid Michigan driver’s license and reliable transportation as Apprentices often travel to job assignments throughout Michigan. 

 “I tell people all the time that a career in construction is ideal for anyone who wants to learn a skill for life.  If that’s you, the Negaunee Training Center should be the first stop for any woman or man looking for a challenging career that requires them to use their head and their hands,” said Donna Pardonnet, who serves as the Chair of MRCC’s Statewide Carpenters and Millwrights Joint Apprenticeship & Training Fund.

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