Nearly 5,000 specialized craftsmen have completed WCC program over past 15 years

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) and the Road Sprinkler Fitters of the United Association, Local 669, have extended their partnership to educate and train craftsmen to meet workforce needs.

College President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca and Local 669 representatives signed a five-year contract renewal in a ceremony on campus.

Since WCC and Local 669 first joined hands 15 years ago nearly 5,000 apprentices have completed the five-year program, which blends on-the-job training, hands-on training and virtual training that features online access to courses offered through Washtenaw Community College.

“We are proud to partner with Local 669 in this program that sets the standard for education and training and meets workforce needs. These skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen save lives and protect property through the highest quality of installation, repair and maintenance of fire protection systems,” Bellanca said.

Once an apprentice successfully completes the program and becomes a Sprinkler Fitter Journeyman, many opportunities lie ahead, including advancement to the role of foreman or superintendent or work in management.

About Washtenaw Community College

Washtenaw Community College (WCC), Ann Arbor, Mich., educates students through a wide range of associate and certificate programs in areas such as health care, business, STEM and advanced transportation and mobility. WCC offers accelerated and online programs and was ranked the number one community college in Michigan, according to WCC is committed to student success, with nearly 70% of students intending to transfer to complete a bachelor degree. The college also works through community, business and union partnerships to develop highly specialized training programs to meet the region’s workforce talent needs.


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