An organization aimed at preparing women for careers in the construction industry recently celebrated the graduation of its inaugural class from its Apprenticeship Readiness Program.
Six women comprised the first-ever graduating class of the program from Lansing-area organization Women in Skilled Trades (WIST).
“We are extremely proud of these individuals and excited to see how their careers progress,” said Tori Menold, co-founder of WIST and business process manager at Granger Construction Co.
Founded in 2016 by Menold and Carol Cool from Michigan State University, WIST offers the 12-week Apprentice Readiness Program, which is designed to help students develop careers in the construction skilled trades by preparing them to successfully pass a Work Keys test and gain paid apprenticeships.
WIST’s program comes at a time when many companies in the industry struggle to find enough qualified, skilled candidates – particularly women – for available positions.
Granger Construction has already hired one program graduate to complete her apprenticeship with Granger’s carpentry unit. Additionally, every WIST graduate who has taken a Work Keys test has passed, with two students achieving top platinum-level and gold-level scores.