Official opening of the Union Carpenters and Millwrights specialized training center in the township of Negaunee. | News, Sports, Jobs

At the opening of the Union Carpenters and Millwrights Skilled Training Center in Negaunee Township, from left to right: Michael Smith, Executive Director of the Upper Peninsula Construction Council; Russell Davis, US Department of Labor Apprenticeship Office Coordinator; Mark McGriff, Executive Assistant, United Brotherhood of Carpenters; Kalysta Sormunen, third year apprentice in the Michigan Carpenters and Mechanics Apprenticeship Program; Susan Corbin, director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunities; guest speaker Tom Lutz, executive secretary-treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights; Tom Flynn, General Secretary-Treasurer of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters; and the Supervisor of the Township of Negaunee, Gary Wommer. (Diary photo by Katie Segula)

NEGAUNEE – The Michigan Area Carpenters and Mechanics Council hosted the inauguration of the Union Carpenters and Mechanics Specialized Training Center in Negaunee Township on Monday morning.

“This is one of our three new school buildings in the state of Michigan now – (the three schools represent) an investment of approximately $ 60 million – This school measures 35,000 square feet built over a period of about 15 to 18 months. “ said Tom Lutz, executive secretary-treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters. “(It was) built with local contractors and upstate contractors who are our contractual partners.”

Lutz discussed his support and vision for the MRCC and answered a few questions from the press before returning outside for other events.

After the groundbreaking ceremony in front of the new building, guests were invited to tour the building where representatives were available to explain the details of specific skill centers. The Bodega Cafe served lunch throughout the building for guests to enjoy while managers briefed visitors on available resources.

MRCC representative Mike Davis also gave a presentation to the facility’s guests.

Tom Lutz, executive secretary-treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, speaks at the grand opening on Monday. (Diary photo by Katie Segula)

“Many of you know that our program is hands-on, knowledge-based training, they get their hands-on training in the field and in-store, but they get the knowledge-based training in the classroom, so we wanted to talk a bit. on this smart board technology ”, Davis said. “This is a major investment this union has made in this technology… the most important thing it does is help students stay engaged… It also gives you access to all kinds of online learning resources. We know that when students learn with the smart board resources, they do better and learn more. There is data to support this.

The facility opened in December 2019 to provide skilled trades students with a space for them to gain hands-on experience in industries. Monday’s grand opening invited the press, industry officials and potential future professionals to learn more about what the facility has to offer.

“Professional trades will account for 530,000 jobs in Michigan’s economy – that’s just until 2028 – with about 47,000 job openings expected each year,” said Susan Corbin, director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunities. “Business professionals leverage their talents, work ethic and know-how to help design and build our future in jobs essential to keeping Michigan healthy, strong and growing. While these people make a difference in the community, they also bring home the kind of paycheck that will make a difference in their life and in the (life) of their family. This is why I am delighted to join the MRCC today and we are proud of the work they do to train and develop the talent that we have in Michigan.

Apprentices must be at least 17 years old and have a high school diploma or possess or start working for a GED certificate at the time of application, according to a press release. Applicants for apprenticeship must be US citizens or legal residents of Michigan. Applicants must have a valid Michigan driver’s license and reliable transportation, as apprentices often travel to assignments throughout Michigan.

To apply for an apprenticeship, send an SMS “future” at 855 424-2562 or apply online at

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