FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Apprentices from the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center received their certificates yesterday at a graduation luncheon.
Students go through a five year apprenticeship program in which they take classes, as well as participate in on- the- job training for oil, gas, and construction jobs.
Representatives from partners like the School District and Hillcorp offered their congratulations to those that completed the program, while instructors talked about the strengths they saw in their students.
The Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center also offers a program for high school seniors, and allows them to go straight into the program after graduation.
Graduate Joshua Wolfe said he was inspired to begin the apprenticeship after working alongside others in the field, while Training Director, John Plutt, told us about why he loves teaching in the program.
Joshua Wolfe; 5th Year Apprentice>>"It's the best decision I have ever made in my life. It gave me a career, something I can do for the rest of my life. I can go anywhere in the world and weld or fit pipe. The training that we go through is some of the best in the world."
John Plutt; Training Director Local 375>>"You see kids come in at a very young age, and every year you see them. We have a five year program. And the first year, the second, third year you see them mature, how they learn, and how they just take off on their own after five years."