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WCC Partners With Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

WCC and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers have created an educational partnership called BAC University. It lets union members earn a certificate or associate degree in construction supervision.

  • A BAC member lays a course inside a masonry scrubber built for a coal-fired power plant.
  • A BAC apprentice installs a tile wall.
  • A BAC bricklayer sets a brick in place during construction of an elementary school.
  • A BAC apprentice plasterer works on learning his trade.

All classes are online, eliminating the need to ever visit campus. Earning a certificate or degree can help union members expand their skills and advance in their careers.

WCC created the construction supervision degree exclusively for members of building trade unions. BAC members receive 25 college credits for their apprenticeships that put them well on their way toward earning a degree.

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

Conquer Your Fear

“Overcome the intimidation of college and taking classes; you can do it. Set a school schedule and stick to it.”

—Michael Bedell
BAC Local 9
Lansing, Mich.

Give It a Try

“I’ve never had a better staff to work with than the Washtenaw Community College mentors and educators. They made obtaining my college degree easier than I ever thought possible—you’d be crazy to pass up an opportunity like this. I wish all my Union Brothers and Sisters would give it a try.”

—Thomas Stewart
UA Local 21
Peekskill, N.Y.

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