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Skilled 4 Work: Apprenticeship programs

Tessa Mentus
June 19, 2019 09:50 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Life is pretty good for Derek Brownson and Lukas Rasinski. They're just two of the dozens of apprentices learning and working at TLC Plumbing and Heating. 

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"I'm getting paid to learn right now," Brownson said. 

"It's extremely rewarding to be at a young age and making a really decent living," Rasinski said. 

"There's a lot of investment in time, they have a lot of resources from other people here, and then we pay for all the books and any tuition for course they take," said Dale Armstrong, president of TLC. 

These men and women are learning a skilled trade, making money and getting it all done without a penny of debt. Not only that, but they are boosting our community's skilled work force and economy. 

"I have had some people, some of my competitors tell me, you're crazy to do all that, you're going to train these people and they're going to leave," Armstrong said. "I thought well, we could not train them and they stay." 

The program goes beyond heating and cooling. The apprentices get courses for life skills, like money and anger management. 

"We believe they are making an investment in themselves," Armstrong said. 

CNM offers dozens of programs to get people ready for a skilled job – plus apprenticeships, advanced manufacturing, career tech, automotive, electrical trades, plumbing, truck driving – and that's just a sampling. 

There are also more opportunities within the apprenticeship program at Associated Builders and Contractors in Albuquerque. 

These are just a few of the apprenticeship programs in the Metro. CNM also works very closely with them, in case anyone is interested in pursuing a community college route in becoming Skilled 4 Work. 

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