Young adults learn that building trades is viable alternative to college

April 29, 2013 in Education, Local News, News

Journal Managing Editor


Toledo City Councilman Tyrone Riley, center, who respresents District 1, with Jacoya Warren, left, and Julitha Mims-Greer at Building Trades Career Fair.

Montrece Crosby is a University of Toledo freshman majoring in business.
The Toledoan is so ambitious that if college doesn’t work out he may try building trades.
Crosby was one of more than 100 people who attended the Building Trades Career Fair on Saturday, April 20, at the Bethlehem Community Center, 1430 W. Bancroft.
“I’m looking at Plan B,” he said. “You always have to have a backup. Plan A might not work out.”
Crosby said he attended the career fair to look at all of the jobs associated with building trades.
Toledo City Councilman Tyrone Riley, who represents District 1, and the Northwest Ohio Building Trades sponsored the event.
The purpose of the event was to provide information to residents on how to qualify and apply for the building trades.
Organizers invited individuals as young as junior high students to adults, adding that once the education process is complete the apprentices can expect to make good wages.
“We’re excited about the turnout,” Riley said. “This was an opportunity to give young adults and adults an opportunity to have access to skilled trades. Everyone doesn’t choose to go to college. It’s a viable alternative.”
Becoming an apprentice puts a person on the path to a career as a professional and acquiring a journey-man’s license, he said.
Orlando Nelson is attending classes at ITT Technical Institute in Maumee and majoring in business administration.
He also is exploring his options.
“There are a lot of opportunities here,” Nelson said. “This is something I didn’t know anything about.”
John Carter, apprenticeship coordinator for Laborers Local 500, said the career fair was a chance to talk to young men and women and educate them to become journeymen.
Local 500 tests applicants at least twice a year, Carter said. It takes three to four years to become licensed.

John Carter, right, apprenticeship coordinator with Laborers Local 500, talks with Enriccoh Farrow, left, and Kris Warner at Building Trades Career Fair.