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Students Graduate From Skilled Trades Program in Benzie County

A special graduation ceremony was held in Benzonia to recognize the seven students who completed the first-ever Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Training (S.T.A.R.T.) in Benzie County. The eight-week program focused on entry-level construction skills, solid work values, and employment readiness. The training was organized by Advocates for Benzie County and supported by Northwest Michigan Works! and the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights. Watch the video to see highlights from the graduation and to hear what some of the students said about the S.T.A.R.T. program.


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