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Faces of Apprenticeship - Apprenticeship Week 2017

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William BourgeoisWilliam Bourgeois

William is a program coordinator for a group home and a direct support professional apprentice for Mount Olivet Rolling Acres. He is an integral part of the success of the home he manages. Company officials say his initiative, drive to improve services, willingness to learn and teach while leading by example are just a few reasons he stands out as a top apprentice at Mount Olivet Rolling Acres.

Kyaw RayKyaw Ray

Kyaw is an apprentice roofer with Peterson Brothers Roofing in St. Paul. A Karen immigrant refugee from Burma, he began his journey to apprenticeship in the summer of 2017 after graduating from Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP). As a GAP YouthBuild student, he learned the fundamentals of residential construction and earned a high school diploma.

Chris BoothChris Booth

Chris has been a welding apprentice at Mechanical Systems Inc. since July 2017. His curiosity for new things drives his dedication to become a more knowledgeable worker. Company officials said they are impressed with Chris' positive, hard-working attitude, his ability to ask questions and get the job done right. Chris said he's happy to be part of the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative and is looking forward to spending more time under the (welding) hood.

Miriah CarruthMiriah Carruth

Miriah is a first-year bricklayer apprentice with Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1 MN/ND who was brought into apprenticeship through an APEX Labor Expansion grant. Her foreman and coworkers speak very highly of her work ethic and skills. She said she enjoys her work as a bricklayer apprentice and is grateful of the opportunities it provides.

Benito AguirreBenito Aguirre

Benito has been a laborer apprentice at PCiRoads since July 2016. Benito said that the skills and safety trianing he's received through Laborers Apprenticeship Program has become a better worker and asset to the company. He said he feels his trianing through the Laborers Training Center has made him a more valuable, efficient employee.

Blayne DavisBlayne Davis

Blayne Davis is a first-year apprentice at Roseau County Ford. He has worked at the company since 2015 and staff say he is a phenomenal service technician. He is very detailed oriented and loves to excel in every aspect of his job.

Htoo Thaw Thee MooHtoo Thaw Thee Moo

Htoo Thaw Thee Moo is an apprentice roofer with Peterson Brothers Roofing in St. Paul. A Karen immigrant refugee from Burma, he began his journey to apprenticeship in the summer of 2017 after graduating from Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP). As a GAP YouthBuild student, he learned the fundamentals of residential construction and earned a high school diploma. He is earning a livable wage and said he enjoys the work.

Connor LangerConnor Langer

Connor has been an industrial maintenance mechanic at Viracon in Owatonna since August 2016. He recently completed his AAS in mechatronics engineerint technology with South Central College and continues to fulfill his on-the-job training and safety requirements for the company's apprenticeship program.

randon CarlsenBrandon Carlsen

Brandon has worked as a maintenance technician III apprentice at Owens Corning in Minneapolis since January 2016. He was the location's first apprentice and company officials say his dedication to improve his career through participation in on-the-job training and classroom studies has contributed to the success of the company's apprenticeship efforts.

Greg SandersGreg Sanders

Greg is a second-year meter and service tech apprentice with Rochester Public Utilities. He is the program's first apprentice, and the public utility hopes to hire more apprentices to build its workforce in advance of workers leaving due to retirement.

Aung Myo WayAung Myo Way

Aung Myo Way, a Karen immigrant refugee from Burma, is an apprentice in the Floor Coverers Union. He began his path to apprenticeship as a YouthBuild student at Guadalupe Alternative Programs (GAP) in St. Paul where he earned his high school diploma, improved his English skills and learned the basics of construction. After graduating he was hired as a material handler with Becker Brothers prior to becoming an apprentice.

Miguel ZubiranMiguel Zubiran

Miguel served in the military from 2005 to 2011 and was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a first-year apprentice and works at Shafer Contracting. He plans to return to the Teamsters Apprenticeship and Training program for the 2018 season to obtain his Class A Commercial Driver's License.

Martin NelsonMartin Nelson

Martin, a military veteran, is a sprinkler fitter apprentice with Minneapolis and St. Paul Sprinkler Fitters, Local 417. He recently completed in state, district and international skills competitions for United Association where he won the state and district competitions and earned second place at the international competition.





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