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Plumbers and pipefitters union teaches students the trade

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Many students have complained they'd never have to use algebra or trigonometry in their adult life, but one Rockford trade union is proving them wrong.

Area high school students are spending the week with trainers at UA Local 23 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union to learn what it takes to be a pipefitter, and workers say there is plenty of math behind the job.

The goal of the workshop is to show students what options they may have beyond college.

"Construction workers are getting ready to retire, there's gonna be a shortage of certified welders coming up," Training Coordinator Greg Harle explained. "We want students to realize that these careers are out there for them."

"My dad, he's a construction worker, but I didn't know it was this hard, but yeah, I want to do this. I like this," Roosevelt student Brandel Broom said.

Harle says apprenticeship programs are a good option for students who don't want student loan debt after they graduate. He says the programs are open to everyone and do not cost anything.

 

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