Five KCC students were signed as apprentices during the first week of May—two with NC Machinery, two with IBEW, and one with Alaska Laborers’ Union. Below is a letter reporting on how Alexis Gonzalez is doing as a new apprentice at the Alaska Laborers Training School:
Hello Lou- (Pondolfino—Principal),
I wanted to send you an email as we complete week 1 of our General Construction class, with our new apprentices, to let you know that Alexis has been identified as "excellent" by all of our instructors (not always an easy label to get from them). Several of the instructors have stated "we wish all our new apprentices were like him" - which is the biggest compliment that anyone can give to - not only Alexis - but his school, past instructors, principal, parents, family, and everyone who helped him become the fine young man he is today. As we have discussed, there is a negative stigma in construction industry (maybe just some of the older guys who have had bad experiences) regarding hiring the 18-year-old, fresh out of high school - that they do not understand the real working world, reliability, hard work, etc. I thank you for helping me bust that myth within our apprenticeship program. We will continue to identify those young people who indeed are ready and get them into the apprenticeship program and then directly into the work force. There are many 20+ year olds in this group that Alexis is outshining... Thanks for sending us a rock star!
I will plan to come to graduation on Wednesday to support Alexis as he makes this transition in his life. Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Alaska Laborers Training School
13500 Old Seward Highway
Anchorage, Alaska 99515