Valley apprenticeship program recognized

December 5, 2011

From “Valley Apprenticeship program recognized” — KAUKAUNA – The state superintendent of education says there’s a training gap between workers and available trade jobs in the state.

Superintendent Tony Evers toured a training center for millwrights and carpenters in Kaukauna Wednesday, where some young people who are going into those fields say they’re finding financial security.

As Evan Gibbs pounds way at his carpentry apprenticeship, he says he’s glad not to be nailed by student loan costs.

“I’m actually making money as I’m training,” said Gibbs. “I have cousins who went to college and stuff, and they’ve been out of college for 10 or 15 years and they’re still paying off student loans.”

In order to start, Gibbs first found an employer willing to take on an apprentice, and then began training through this center and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.


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