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Mar. 27—The Eugene V. Debs Museum, the Greater Terre Haute Branch of NAACP and Central Wabash Valley Building & Construction Trades Council will invite Wabash Valley students and career seekers to an apprenticeship fair on April 2. Representatives from eight local unions will discuss their apprenticeship programs that offer paid education and training for high-demand building trades jobs.

The Apprenticeship Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Debs Museum, 451 N. 8th St. Attendees can explore the Debs House while learning about work and training opportunities. Participating educational institutions include Indiana State University, Ivy Tech Community College, and Vigo County Schools.

Representatives from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 725, Sheet Metal Workers Local 20, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 157, Iron Workers Local 22, Roofers Local 150, Operating Engineers Local 841, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 4, and Laborers International Union Local 204 will provide literature about their apprenticeship programs and will be available to answer questions. Combining post-secondary education with on-the-job training offers a rich and rewarding career path.

Many local unions around the country have established partnerships with colleges to provide academic classes along with skills training to increase employment opportunities. Union apprentices earn regular income while attending classes and practical training and can earn college degrees in the process.

Located in the 1890 home of Eugene and Kate Debs, the Debs Museum explores the life and legacy of Terre Haute's groundbreaking labor organizer, connecting working class history to the struggle for economic justice today.

For more information, contact museum@debsfoundation.org.

David Kronke can be reached at 812-231-4232 or at david.kronke@tribstar.com.