Youth apprenticeship program marks milestone

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TOWN OF WASHINGTON, Wis. (WEAU) -- Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin celebrated the state's youth apprenticeship program Thursday by marking a milestone.

An "apprenticeship signing day" event took place at Royal Construction in the Town of Washington. It was intended to reflect an athletic signing day, where a high school athlete commits to a university.

Treyton Sloniker, a recent graduate from Greenwood High School, signed a letter to transition from youth apprenticeship to adult registered apprenticeship in carpentry through Associated Builders and Contractors and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake.

"Students are still learning while they're on the job, but much more hands-on. So, they get to apply that learning, that knowledge right away,” Darla Burton, a youth apprenticeship coordinator for the state of Wisconsin, said to WEAU 13 News on Thursday. “We asked them to take a related class in high school. So they take whatever they've learned during the day in high school and get to go and apply it right after school."

Associated Builders and Contractors of wisconsin has nearly 1,500 people in its adult registered apprenticeship program.