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Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Coming to Huntington Co.

November 28, 2017
A free, three-week building trades pre-apprenticeship program is planned for January 15-February 2 at the Huntington County Community Learning Center, the Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council and Northeast Indiana Works announced.
 
The Building Futures initiative, a collaboration of numerous regional entities, will help enhance talent pipelines for construction trades occupations, which include laborers, carpenters, iron and sheet metal workers, plumbers, electricians, bricklayers, insulators, painters, plasterers and roofers. 
  
Among the initiative partners: Northeast Indiana Works, which helped facilitate strategic planning and secured significant funding for the program through a Skill UP Indiana! grant for the pre-apprenticeship program and a separate insurance industry initiative; Ivy Tech Community College, which is the chief training provider for Building Futures; WorkOne Northeast, which will assist with participant assessments; the Fort Wayne Urban League, which along with Ivy Tech, will provide instruction; the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, which secured funding provided by Chase.
 
Building Futures accepts applicants 18 years old and older. People who are selected for the program must undergo a pre-assessment process that includes a drug screen. Participants will receive a $200-a-week stipend during the course of the program. People who complete the program can apply for a full learn-and-work apprenticeship or seek opportunities to enter the workforce.  Residents interested in Building Futures can visit neibt.org to sign up or call the building trades at 260-489-8574. Deadline for signing up is Dec. 18. 
WorkOne Northeast gave me a chance to start over in a new career, even at my age. Through education and training, I’m learning an in-demand trade as a CNC machinist at Greatbatch Medical and making a living wage at the same time. Thank you WorkOne for giving me the chance to show the world that old dogs can learn new tricks.
Rebecca Miller