Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on August 2 about the Junior Apprenticeship Program.
Hager talked about summer programs in Columbus and the Central Ohio area, whether it be a sports camp, or a typical summer camp, and how they are a great way for kids to go out all day, receive meals, interact with one another, and be out of the house all day. He then talked about the building trades putting together an apprenticeship camp for kids where every day of the week they would go to a different facility and learn about a different trade and even be able to work hands on with some of the things the workers in the trade do. Hager said it is a great way for kids to familiarize themselves with the variety of trades and maybe even spark an interest in them. Furthermore, he spoke about the C/CO BCTC Building Futures Pre-Apprenticeship Program, where highschool aged students go through a 12-week program that provides them with trade specific instruction that will allow them to enter straight into an apprenticeship program once they are finished with highschool. Students in the Building Futures Pre-Apprenticeship Program earn wages while they are learning trade specific skills during this program.
Russ Choma, writer for Mother Jones Magazine also spoke to America’s Work Force on Friday, August 2. Choma spoke about President Trump and his recent attack on French wine and why it represents a conflict of interest. He said that the President threatened to retaliate against a new French law, which taxes American technology companies, by implying imposing taxes on French wine and saying that American wine is better. This presents a conflict of interest because the Trump family owns wineries themselves and is clear they would benefit if this tax is imposed.