Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Mechanics trains high school counselors

TOWNSHIP OF NEGAUNEE, Michigan (WLUC) – Thousands of people walk past the Council of Michigan Carpenters and Millwrights building on US Highway 41 in Negaunee Township every day.

According to their regional manager Brian Kerrigan, not many people know what’s going on there. “The long-term goal is to create career opportunities not only for young men and women, but also for people who might want to consider a skilled trade as a carpenter or millwright,” says Kerrigan.

University is not an option for some high school students. To address this issue, Upper Michigan high school guidance counselors joined Kerrigan this morning to inquire about learning opportunities for their students.

“We want to be able to make sure that we tell all of our students about the opportunities that may be available if they don’t want to end up going to college,” said Melissa Teasley, advisor at Bothwell Middle School. There are plenty of opportunities for those who don’t want to pursue higher education. Some of these careers include carpentry, millwright, welding, and electrical engineering.

“They figure out what’s best for them so they might end up deciding that yes college is right for me or that working right away is going to be the thing I want to do,” Teasley said. If a student is unprepared, the board strives to help its advisors prepare them for these career paths. He believes those who choose a skilled trade can shape the future of the UP

“We’re helping build Michigan, and we’re going to continue to do that,” Kerrigan said. Advisors like Teasley hope to give students more options when it’s time to graduate.

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Elna M. Lemons