Trades, Military, & Gap Year Information

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    An Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction.

    Apprentices earn a percentage of the journeyman base wage with incremental increases based on satisfactory progress on the job and in the classroom. Journey wages in Michigan range from $18 - $33 per hour plus a generous benefits package that includes health care, pension and more. Many skilled trades apprenticeship programs have an agreement with community colleges. Apprentice classes transfer as credit toward an associates degree with additional core courses taken at the community college.

    For more information on the many different contruction careers, apprenticeship programs, and scholarships available, visit:

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    Skilled Trades are careers that often require less schooling and debt than a four-year degree. These jobs are in demand for fields like healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, construction and automotive. Once seen exclusively as a world of manual labor, today’s Skilled Trades jobs offer a wide array of opportunities for high school and community college students.

    For more information and help starting your search, visit:

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  • AmeriCorps logo

    AmeriCorps offers a variety of service opportunities, from the classroom to the outdoors, and everything in between. No matter what you're passionate about, where you're from, or why you choose to serve, AmeriCorps is your chance to be the greater good. Check out this video for a quick rundown, share with your networks, and encourage others to find an AmeriCorps opportunity.

    AmeriCorps video

    For more information, go to:

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  • Gap Year Association logo

    Accreditation by the Gap Year Association represents a commitment to the highest standards in safety, quality, and integrity. They have agreed to consistently abide by the Standards of the Gap Year Association, which typically means that a student can count on an experience with the highest caliber of field leadership, the best degree of office support, and the highest standards of safety.

    To peruse the list of accredited programs and for more information, go to:

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  • USA Gap Year Fairs logo

    The 13th annual USA Gap Year Fairs series will run from January – March of 2020. More than 100 gap year program providers will travel to 40 locations across the United States to connect with students, parents, and educational professionals. 

    The schedule is currently still being set, but to find information on Gap Year programs that attend the fairs, visit:

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  • Armed Forces Logos

    For information on enlisting in the military, please contact our school's recruiter.

    • Air Force:  SSgt Cory Baklarz   517-393-4174
    • Army:  Sgt Jacob Buston  517-321-3660
    • Marines:  SSgt Dylan Lamothe  517-887-7334
    • National Guard:  SSgt Brad Levitski  517-548-5127
    • Navy:  Jeremy Frigo  517-393-0224

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  • The State of American Trade Schools

    The State of American Trade Schools

    Trade and technical schools are being praised and promoted by the Department of Education, corporate America, and industry associations. How well is the system working?

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  • High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

    High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

    Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor's degree.

    "All through my life it was, 'if you don't go to college you're going to end up on the streets,' " Morgan said. "Everybody's so gung-ho about going to college."

    So he tried it for a while. Then he quit and started training as an ironworker, which is what he is doing on a weekday morning in a nondescript high-ceilinged building with a concrete floor in an industrial park near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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  • 8 Things To Know About A Gap Year

    8 Things To Know About A Gap Year

    AFTER KILLING themselves in high school for four years, some students aren't eager to hit the books after graduation. And who can blame them?

    The best antidote for academic burnout could be a gap year.

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