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An organization aimed at preparing women for careers in the construction industry recently celebrated the graduation of its inaugural class from its Apprenticeship Readiness Pro…

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. 

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