Residents of Lansing learn skilled trades

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The Greater Michigan Construction Academy is helping residents build a career in a lost art — skilled trades.

With hands-on experiences and classroom programs students will be able to find work in an industry searching for employees.

Detroit resident Christopher Spencer is attending classes and realizes the importance of every class.

“I’m coming an hour and a half away,” Spencer said. “So I’m going to get everything. I just want it.”

According to the Bureau of Labor, statistics show in May 2016 there were 7,200 construction jobs in the Lansing area alone, and with a certification from the academy students can fill these jobs. 

“Kids now just want to go get a desk job because that’s where they think the actual money is,” GMCA student Anthony Bunch said. “What they don’t realize is you can go out there and use your hands and make just as much money working out in the field doing something you love every day instead of being at a desk being miserable.”



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