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Friday, October 26, 2012

Clover Park Technical College hosts Roofer’s Apprenticeship Program reception in Lakewood, Wash.

Local members of the roofing industry gather at the Lakewood, Wash. campus of Clover Park Technical College for a reception in honor of the Roofer's Apprenticeship Program now hosted at CPTC.

When Joint Base Lewis-McChord needed to use the space it was renting to the Pierce County Roofer’s Apprenticeship Program the organization was in need of a place to continue its hands-on training or it would be the end of the program. The opportunity to create a bigger, better partnership arose and now, on the Lakewood Campus of Clover Park Technical College, the program is thriving.

The two-year apprenticeship program requires 288 hours in a combination of classroom and hands-on training in addition to 4,900 hours of continued employment in the industry.
“This program ensures that apprentices can learn while you earn,” said Eva Avalos, director of apprenticeship training.

The organization held a reception today inviting members of the roofing industry to visit the training site. The intent was to invite them to use the location for both their own training and their apprentices.
Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College, speaks to members attending a reception in honor of the Roofer's Apprenticeship Program at the Lakewood, Wash., campus of Clover Park Technical College Oct. 26.
“One of the things that has emerged from the recession is a number of partnerships in our efforts to become a more leaner, efficient college and this is certainly one of them,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College. “So I want to say thank you for being a part of that transition and I look forward to more mutually beneficial partnerships.”

The Pierce County Roofer’s Apprenticeship Program was started in 1968 according to those who attended today’s reception. The program covers Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz and Pacific Counties.
The apprenticeship is available to anyone over the age of 18 who has a high school diploma or GED, according to Avalos. For more information on how to apply contact the program at (253) 474-0528.

Clover Park Technical College is focused on training needed by employers to build a skilled workforce within our community. The college uses hands-on training to provide the knowledge, skills and values necessary to succeed in today’s workforce.
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