EUGENE, Ore. – The Lane Education Service District celebrated National Apprenticeship Week Wednesday at the Lane Community College campus.
The event highlighted the achievements of apprentices as well as announced a new program to help high school students get apprenticeships.
About 130 people packed Building 10 at LCC. They had the opportunity to listen to guest speakers and network with industry leaders.
Lane Community College offers nine apprenticeship programs for those interested in earning college credit, on-the-job experience and working wages all at the same time.
The programs range from electrician work to plumping and sheet metal and more.
Rocky Silva is in the plumbing apprenticeship program at LCC and hopes other people see the value in trade work.
“College isn't for everyone. This is an equal opportunity to do something different,” Silva said. "You can make the same amount, if not more money sometimes.”
Starting wages for people who graduate from the program can range from $22 to $32 an hour and the program can last from two to four years, depending on the type of work.
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