IMLAY CITY— If you are a young person looking for a job that pays well and does not require a college eduction, look no further than the trades.
Professions such as carpentry, plumbing, masonry, linework, electrical work, welding, millwork, boilermaking, heating and cooling and other fields are in desperate need of employees.
To get a leg up on the competition, individuals interested in any of these fields could benefit from taking advantage of various journeyman apprenticeships that are available.
Tricks of the trades
On Thursday, July 12 from 5-7 p.m., the Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library will host Ann Konarski, who will present a detailed program about local apprenticeships and how to acquire one.
Konarski, coordinator of Lapeer County's College Access Network, is expected to be joined by an expert or two from one or more of the aforementioned professions.
Ruth Hughes Youth Librarian Amanda Summers said Konarski's program, entitled "Apprenticeships in Michigan," will be informative and timely, given the shortage of people currently entering or transitioning into the skilled trades.
"A lot of the people who've been in these jobs for years are now retiring," said Summers. "There are lots of jobs out there right now if you are willing to learn a trade."
"Ann (Konarski) will be providing attendees with key tips, tricks and "secret codes" for getting a foot in the door of many skilled trades.
"This program is geared toward anyone from those just leaving high school to individuals in their 30s or 40s looking for a good way to reinvent themselves.
"It's also ideal for people who don't think that traditional college is for them or who love to work with their hands."
For questions or more information about Thursday's (July 12) "Apprenticeships in Michigan" program, call the Ruth Hughes Library at 810-724-8043.
The Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library is located at 211 N. Almont Ave. in downtown Imlay City. For information on all the events and happenings at the library, visit www.ruthhughes.org.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.