Union Partnerships Provide Many Benefits
WCC has educational partnerships with building trade unions that generate enormous benefits for the College, the community, the unions, and individual union members.
Most of the union partnerships have two components:
- On-campus union instructor training programs during the summer.
- Online classes for union members that can lead to certificates or degrees.
The partnerships generate millions of dollars in revenue annually for WCC and the community. For example, more than 2,000 people come to WCC’s campus each summer to attend the week-long instructor training program for the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada. UA members and their families spend about $5 million annually on facility rentals, hotel rooms, and restaurant meals.
The unions and their members benefit two ways:
- The instructor training programs are able to take advantage of WCC’s strong technical focus, excellent shop facilities, and long history of supporting such programs.
- The certificates and degrees available to union members through online classes help them advance in their careers and within their unions.
WCC has partnerships with four building trade unions:
More Training = Job Security
“Naturally, the greater number of courses and certifications you have earned, the more likely it is that there will always be jobs available to you. That means your education doesn’t—and shouldn’t—end once you complete your apprenticeship.”—ironworkers.org
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