Summer skilled trades training returns at Washtenaw Community College

Two in-person programs will bring over 600 workers to campus; two virtual sessions will train nearly 2,000 others

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (July 16, 2021) – Over 600 skilled trades workers will participate in national training programs on the Washtenaw Community College (WCC) campus over the next two weeks as hands-on instruction resumes following the pandemic.

The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers kicks off its annual training Sunday afternoon with a welcome reception and check-in, followed by a week of classroom and laboratory instruction. Topics will range from basic computer skills and fall prevention and safety to crane signaling and the latest approaches in installation, maintenance and repair of single-ply roofing systems.

As many as 120 workers from 22 states are expected to attend the July 19-23 National Instructor Training Program.

More than 500 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and National Electrical Contractors Association members will participate in the annual training program being hosted on the WCC campus July 25-30.

WCC will lead summer training for two other industries – the plasterers and plumbers/pipefitters – virtually this year.

  • Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons International Association (July 12-16) – 125+ participants
  • United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (Aug. 9-13) – 1,700+ participants

The annual “train the trainer” programs help journeymen and women stay at the forefront of knowledge and skills required to work safely and to excel in their fields with everchanging technological advancements.

About Washtenaw Community College

Washtenaw Community College (WCC), Ann Arbor, Mich., educates more than 21,000 students each year through a wide range of associate and certificate programs, emphasizing workforce development and career educational areas such as health care, advanced transportation and mobility, STEM and business and entrepreneurship. WCC is committed to student success, with nearly 70% of students intending to transfer to complete a bachelor degree, and works through community, business and union partnerships to develop highly specialized training programs.

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