An Education to Grow With

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Thirty-four-year-old Ginger Pike is a pipefitter/welder apprentice with the United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 716 in Augusta, Maine. Through the five-year apprenticeship, the lifelong Maine resident has learned to work with all sorts of equipment, including welding machines, scissor lifts, hole saws, drills, and grinders.

Apprentices in Local 716’s program earn a paycheck while they learn by working alongside journeymen as well as by attending related classes and receiving technical instruction.

Now in her final year, Ginger has a fulfilling job working for Kinetics of Scarborough, a

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