A new joint venture between Midland County Schools and The Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA) begins this school year, with the goal of providing interested district students an early start on apprenticeships into skilled trades. A total of 12 juniors from the district’s high schools will make up the inaugural class of the GMCA Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program, according to Jimmy Greene, the CEO for The Greater Michigan Construction Academy.
Those juniors, should they complete the program that runs through this year and next, when they would be seniors, will earn 1 1/2 years of the required 4-year equivalency to become an apprentice in selected skilled trade careers. Greene said, because it was a pilot program, he “had no idea” how many students would sign up. “I didn’t know if it would be three, or five, or what. I’m beyond pleased with the response. “Next year we’re expecting four times that number.”