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Apprenticeship spotlight - Apprenticeship Week

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Hser Nay Pwe MacKenzie Ritchie: Hands-on work and outgoing personality drew recent high school graduate to customer engineer apprentice program.

MacKenzie Ritchie began her customer service engineer apprenticeship with the Bühler Apprenticeship Academy in August 2014, shortly after graduating from Hastings High School. She said she enjoyed hands-on work while building sets and props for her high school's theater productions, which drew her to the program. During her apprenticeship she has been able to study many subjects including the theory of manufacturing processes, blueprint reading and statistics. She has also studied topics dealing with the practical side of an engineering company like metal working, machining and welding.

Now in her second year of the apprenticeship she said she is concentrating on electrical applications and electrical schematics where she wires electrical panels and solders small electronic devices that customer service engineers use in the field.

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Hser Nay Pwe Philip Ruelle Jr.: A highly motivated, hard-working apprentice.

Construction Craft Laborer apprentice Philip Ruelle Jr. has been recognized by his instructors as a highly motivated individual who excels in the classroom and with hands-on projects at the Laborers Training Center.

Ruelle Jr. has successfully completed Safety/OSHA 30 courses, Mine Safety courses and Concrete Procedures and General Construction classes. He has been working for Shannon's Inc. in International Falls, Minn., -- a mechanical contractor, sheet metal, plumbing and HVAC shop -- since December 2014 and is an active member of the military.

Hser Nay PweBrandon Peterson: North America's top tile apprentice.

Brandon Peterson, a 33-year-old apprentice tile setter from Ham Lake, Minn., advanced from local and regional tiling competitions to the international Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers' International Apprentice Contest conducted Sept. 10-11, 2015, at the International Masonry Institute in Bowie, Md. There, he placed first, and earned the title of North America's top tiling apprentice. "It was kind of surreal," Peterson told the Union Advocate publication after his win.

Read more about Peterson's apprenticeship and the competition in the Union Advocate.
(Photo courtesy © BAC/Todd Buchanan 2015)

Hser Nay PweHser Nay Pwe: Thankful for opportunities he's earned through apprenticeship.

Hser Nay Pwe, a Karenni immigrant refugee from Burma, began his path to apprenticeship as a YouthBuild student at Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP School) in St. Paul. After graduating from GAP, he went to work for a floor-covering company and worked throughout the Midwest. In spring 2015, Nay Pwe was hired by Becker Brothers and received sponsorship into the Floor Covering Apprenticeship Program. He said he is thankful for the opportunities his apprenticeship has brought himself and his family.

Twah RehTwah Reh: Karenni immigrant learns the fundamentals of residential construction through apprenticeship.

Twah Reh, a Karenni immigrant refugee from Burma, began his journey to apprenticeship in 2013 as a YouthBuild student at Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP School) in St. Paul. As a YouthBuild student, Reh learned the fundamentals of residential construction. The skills he learned at GAP School assisted him in gaining employment as an apprentice roofer with Peterson Brothers Roofing in St. Paul. Reh has become a valuable employee, and he recently completed his first week of apprenticeship training with Roofers and Waterproofers Local 96.