Courtesy of WorkSource Thurston

The Thurston County Chamber announced in a recent news release that today, April 28, 10 students from Thurston County’s very first pre-apprenticeship construction bootcamp training graduated at a ceremony held at Lacey MakerSpace.

According to the release, WorkSource Thurston partnered with ANEW to provide interested Thurston County residents a free, month-long pre-apprenticeship training. The program — open to displaced workers older than 18 who had a high-school diploma/GED — sought to give students an opportunity to explore construction industry careers.

Training began April 1 and familiarized students with the ins and outs of day-to-day construction work, regardless of the weather.

The release states that graduates will finish the program proficient in blueprint reading, construction fitness, trades math, and other key skills. Graduates also will be OSHA-10 flagging- and forklift-certified.

“Our goal is to place each of the graduates into full-time employment, leave with conditional offers or into an apprenticeship program, making no less than $18 per hour, by April 28,” said Megan Fiess, vice president of Workforce Operations at the Thurston County Chamber, in the release.

Following graduation, a hiring event exclusive to the graduates was held, like the ceremony, at Lacey MakerSpace.