Apprenticeship offers Career Path Opportunities for Young People

 Michele Daugherty and Lisa Vigil both shared their personal stories of beginning careers as apprentices in the construction industry.  After two years in the trades, Daugherty was able to pay for her college education and begin a business.  Vigil was working towards a business degree at Delta College when she started an apprenticeship with the former Private Industry Council and started building houses.
“I didn’t even know how to swing a hammer,” said Vigil.
  They drew in the audience by listing  opportunities and wages available in Career Technical Education (CTE) training during the Stockton Chamber of Commerce’s BEA Breakfast Symposium this morning at Stockton Golf and Country Club.
 Daugherty (left) is President & CEO of ABC Nor Cal, a trade association dedicated to serving construction professionals.
 Vigil (right) is the Field and Marketing representative for Carpenters Local 152 in Manteca.
  Both spoke about their respective programs, the wage and benefit packages paid during the apprenticeship years as well as it being a career choice for women.
   “The only barrier on a construction site now is a safety barrier,” said Daugherty. “If we don’t show our kids the opportunities – we can’t blame them for lack of vision.”