Next Thursday the Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters will play host to over 1000 students from across the tri-state as they show them the opportunities open to them in the trades.

“This is the third year of our open house,” explained senior representative Jerry Yates. “We already have over 1,000 scheduled, from as far south as Letcher County and as far west as Mason and Bath.”

Yates said that in that time they have had “several” students go into the trades after seeing the options open to them.

One of the options open to the students, he said, is the IKORCC's career connection program. That program allows the schools to sign up and use the IKORCC curriculum. Students involved in that program, after completing their junior and senior years in high school, can come into an apprenticeship at a higher level and pay scale than those who enter an apprenticeship without the program.

Those apprentices will be paid by the contractors they work for at 70 percent of the journeyman rate, versus the 60 percent rate of apprentices who haven't completed the program. All apprentices, regardless of level, also still get all of the union benefits, he said.

He said that the schools who have signed up for the open house in the past were “some of the first on board” for the career connection program.

In addition to starting off with a higher rate of pay, he explained, the students also have the option of taking college courses in conjunction with the program and graduating with an associate's degree.

He said he highly recommends participation in the curriculum for any students who are considering a career in the trades, including his own children.

“Both of my boys are in it right now,” he said.

For more information on the opportunities available for students , you can visit the IKORCC online at ikorcc.com, or call the local chapter in Grayson at (606)928-4370.

The open house takes place on Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. To RSVP, email kconley@ikorccjatf.org.

Contact the writer at jwells@journal-times.com.

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