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As Construction Industry Rebounds, Apprenticeships Again Popularity

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Getting a job and an education doesn't have to be expensive. In fact there is a group called WACA, or the Western Apprenticeship Coordinators Association that pays you to learn a building or construction trade.

"We work in everything from operators and sheet rock to plumbing and electrical engineers," says WACA President Randy Canali.

After going through interviews, being selected and joining the various unions, apprentices pay for books and lab fees and then they are paid to learn on the job.

"I've learned a lot," says Don DeGrandmont, a current WACA Apprentice in plumbing and pipe fitting. "I like being around people who are enthusiastic about their work and proud of what they do."

DeGrandmont is just 25 but feels that plumbing will be his future and he's learning more on the job site where they are installing a pool at the Grand Sierra than he could in just a classroom.

"It's a great way to learn. And while some of it is classroom work, a lot of it hands-on too and we are putting folks to work," says Canali.

The program takes on apprentices in the various disciplines according to demand. Last year they had 24 and this year they already have 44 enrolled. Which is an indication that the economy is picking up and so is demand.

The program is aimed at young adults to about 30 but they take on apprentices at all ages.

You can check out the program yourself at (775) 825-69866; or online at

Written by Erin Breen
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