Economic reality marries age-old idea of apprenticeship with college
By staff and wire services reports
December 10th, 2012
Five-foot-two Jesica Bush exudes confidence, whether she's scribbling notes in a 6:30 a.m. class at Bates Technical College here or wrestling 900-pound girders atop a mock two-story building, says the Hechinger Report. With her blond ponytail tucked inside a brown hardhat, the 30-year-old is an apprentice with the ironworkers' union, a job that starts at nearly $25 an hour and will lead her in three years to both a journeyman's card and an associate degree. Three years back, Bush sat in the state women's prison in Purdy, finishing seven and a half years for an armed-robbery conviction. The former...
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