Apprenticeships Rise as Construction Booms and Workers Age Out of Unions

It took Jean-Andrew Mikesell 15 years to decide he wanted to be an electrician.

Luckily for him, his timing was perfect.

The Cal State Fullerton grad and Capistrano Beach resident started as an apprentice electrician for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 441 in June, and began formal classroom training in January.

“I had to take a pay cut,” said Mikesell, 32, a retired U.S. Marine Corps reservist who previously worked for local telecom companies. “But in five years, I’ll be much better off than if I’d continued on the career path I was on.” Continue reading in the Orange County Register.

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