Apprentice Praises Green-Jobs Effort
My name is Eric Anthony, I am an Ironworker with Local 14. Today, I have a good job that pays well and has benefits, because you pushed an agreement with Spokane Public Schools three years ago.
I was a senior at Rogers High School. I didn’t have any idea what I was going to do with my life down the road. I figured I would go to college and hope I could figure it out, but there wasn’t anything I really wanted to do in college. Then one of my teachers told me about a pre-apprenticeship program. Every week we signed up to travel to a real job. I would walk around and wonder how they build stuff. I’d ask them and they’d tell me how they did it. The most fun was the bricklayers. They showed us how to lay bricks, but then we got to actually build a corner wall and arches and all kinds of cool stuff.
A lot of my friends in college aren’t sure where they’re going, but they’re in school and some of them are miserable. I know what I want to do and I’m doing it. I’m able to buy a car and pretty soon I’m planning to buy a house. I’ve got a good job, good pay, good benefits.
When I started with the Iron workers, they put me at Rogers. That was weird and cool at the same time. I would be standing on the roof working and see kids and teachers that I knew. I felt like I was building history, I was making my mark on the world by giving back to the school I graduated from.
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