A recent report finds graduates of union apprenticeships earn wages and benefits that rival those earned by workers with a four-year college degree, calling such programs the "bachelor's degree" of the construction industry.
A bill being circulated by state lawmakers would revive a plan to send information about apprenticeships to recent college dropouts, a step aimed at curtailing the state's persistent shortage of qualified construction workers.
At one time, Oskar Buttke was seriously considering trying to becoming a speech pathologist. Then he looked into the cost of getting a degree at a four-year university. Suddenly, the prospect of following several of his relatives into the electrical trades became quite appealing.