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Jessica: A United Way Apprenticeship Story

Jessica: A United Way Apprenticeship Story


I’m Jessica from Wolcott. Thanks to you, I just completed ULA’s Building Pathways pre-apprenticeship program, and have been accepted into a paid apprenticeship at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. Well before this program, I was working for barely minimum wage. That was not an ideal situation to live my life and support my future family, and this program was able to get me into a career, not just a job. The great thing with this program is it strongly encourages women to apply. We get to go and spend a day at each of the unions. They tell us all about their apprenticeship program, and we get a little bit of hands-on at every one. We were able to get our first aid and CPR certification, our OSHA ten card, we covered math and blueprint reading. Transporting to Bridgeport every day was a lot on me not being able to work for the seven weeks, and United Way was able to help me pay for my gas money, any hardships that I had going there. Now that I’ve graduated from the program, I was accepted into the apprenticeship program at Plumbers and Pipefitters’ local 777. I attended my first class right after I got accepted in. Without the United labor agency and without United Way, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

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