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San Diego County high school students will now get help achieving their career goals in the construction industry through a new scholarship program established by the Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego Apprenticeship Training Trust.

Accepting its first applications in 2012, the ABC Apprenticeship Scholarship Program is open to any high school senior currently enrolled in a construction class or training program in San Diego County.

Scholarship recipients become apprentices, which means the student is a full-time employee with benefits. Apprentices combine on-the-job training working under the supervision of a skilled craftsperson with formal education through ABC’s Apprenticeship Training Trust program, where students learn the technical side and the theory of their craft. All tuition costs are covered.

As part of the scholarship, students who are selected receive a basic set of tools for their trade, and all technical manuals, codebooks and classroom textbooks throughout the apprenticeship at no cost, a value of several thousand dollars.

Apprenticeship training programs provide many advantages, including paid on-the-job training; certification of professional skills at the state and federal level; college credits from the San Diego Community College District; family medical and dental benefits; training in the latest technology and building codes; and best of all, an excellent career as a skilled construction professional with numerous opportunities to advance into supervisory roles, or even company ownership.

“The exceptional level of skill that contractors have come to expect from ABC Apprenticeship Training program graduates is also what makes them so successful in achieving their career goals year after year,” said ABC Apprenticeship Training Trust Executive Director Sherry Yarbrough.

Students were required to submit as part of their application a one-page essay describing why he/she wants to be a skilled craftsperson; letters of recommendation from teachers, scout leaders, work supervisors, coaches; any previous construction experience through work, school projects or internships; and examples of community service.

Winners will be interviewed and selected by a panel of construction professionals. Recipients will be announced by the Apprenticeship Training Trust in May 2012.

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