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The state announced a program opening up potential career options for young adults.

It’s called the Michigan Apprenticeships Experience Sooner campaign.

It aims to better connect employers, educators and young adults with high-tech, highly-skilled apprenticeship opportunities.

The campaign also includes apprenticeship in a day, bringing employers and potential apprentices together in one building, giving grads another option after high school.

“The careers and the jobs that are in skill trades are numerous. There’s over a thousand apprenticeable trades the average wage is 60 grand a year, you learn well you earn,” Michigan Educators Apprenticeship president, Janene Erne said.

There is a Michigan Educators Apprenticeship and Training Association conference running until Friday in Traverse City.

Thursday, eight businesses will be accepting new apprentices.

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