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Workforce Development— Skilled Trades Programs in Michigan

  • Nancy Finegood, MHPN,
  • Leisa Williams-Swedberg, Michigan State University,
  • Emily Reyst, CEDAM
  • Date:Wednesday, May 1
  • Time:8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Target Audience:Multi-family Developers, Single Family Developers, Nonprofit Organizations, Local Government Officials or Staff

We know there is a shortage of skilled trades workers in Michigan, so what can we do about it? One Lansing-based program, Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) offers an accelerated Apprenticeship Readiness program in an effort to promote better lives for women through skilled trades. The Michigan Historic Preservation Network's Living Trades Academy, a Detroit-based program, trains participants on traditional building skills with a focus on historic preservation. Learn how these two programs started, how they're helping the community, as well as hear from a participant who went through the Living Trades Academy program!