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Wauwatosa East High School Hosts Industry Signing Day

Wauwatosa East High School held its annual Industry Signing Day on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

The event, held in the school’s wood shop, celebrates students in the LAUNCH program who have worked hard to learn skills that will enable them to move into high-demand jobs in the future.

Eight high school seniors completed their Certified Pre-Apprenticeship coursework and accepted registered apprenticeships or jobs that will put them on the path toward becoming registered apprentices. Archie Dowell accepted a position as a laborer with Payne & Dolan, with plans to become an operating engineer. J.T. Foti joined PCI Austadt as a carpenter,  Aidan Gould will be a carpenter with Mortenson Construction and Jonah Petsch will be a carpenter with CG Schmidt. Sawyer Hollander will become an HVAC service technician with AES, while Connor Kelnhofer accepted a role with KC Stevens as a CNC operator. Chase Hipke from Wauwatosa West also accepted a position as an electrician. 

Three Wauwatosa East juniors have completed their Certified Pre-Apprenticeship coursework and will begin their Youth Apprenticeships (YA) in the summer or fall. Bryan Coleman will be an arborist YA with Hoppe Tree Service, Hayley Powers will be a carpenter YA with Mortenson Construction and Tyler Slye will be a plumber YA with Milestone Plumbing. 

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Obtaining a registered apprenticeship allows these graduates and current high school students to earn money while learning valuable skills in their respective industries. The length of an apprenticeship varies depending on the trade, but each role requires continued coursework and on-the-job training. 

Registered apprenticeships have grown in popularity over the past several years. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 241,000 new apprentices entered the national apprenticeship system in 2021, and the number of apprentices in the United States has grown by 64 percent since 2012.