Young Adult Uses Youth Apprenticeship to Test Career Pathway

Individual gains industry knowledge in apprenticeship.

Avery holds his Aspire Award while standing in front of a glass Blackhawk Technical College signAvery entered an electrical prefabrication Youth Apprenticeship at Westfall and Company to gain industry knowledge and test out a career before high school graduation.

Electrical prefabrication is a fast-paced environment, which allowed Avery to learn hands-on in many different areas – like equipment construction and blueprint reading – while also practicing his soft skills – like time management and organization.

While balancing work and classes, Avery was also planning his Eagle Scout service project. He always knew he wanted to help his community, so he proposed and laid out a plan to build a walking path on his high school campus, allowing staff and students to travel safely between buildings.

Although Avery decided not to continue in prefabrication, he’s now enrolled at Blackhawk Technical College where he’s exploring other career pathways within Electrical Power Distribution.

“I wanna thank Westfall for giving me the opportunity for working there and completing my Youth Apprenticeship […] and then my parents […] for pushing me throughout school and to follow my passion. And then also a big thanks to the Workforce Development Board for this opportunity.”

Avery received the 2022 Aspire Award for his perseverance and achievements in his Youth Apprenticeship.

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