New Skilled Trades Training Center Opens in St. Joseph

The Michigan Laborers Training and Apprenticeship Institute has opened a new training and education facility in St. Joseph with the potential to train more than 100 apprentices per month to address the state’s skilled trades shortage.

Currently, the Michigan Laborers Training and Apprenticeship Institute (MLTAI) is able to train 2,000 apprentices statewide.

“We are excited to open this facility and give people interested in skilled trades a chance to learn while they earn,” said Arlandar Washington, business manager of Laborers International Union of North America Local 355. “Skilled trade careers are a lifeline to family supporting jobs and this center is going to give our area the ability to train the next generation of laborers.”

The center has over 4,000 square feet of training. MLTAI has committed over $250,000 in investment to bring construction craft laborer training to St. Joseph and the surrounding communities.

The facility features training programs in the following areas:

  • Asbestos and lead abatement
  • Hazardous waste removal
  • General construction

The onsite courses are created in cooperation with owners and contractors to provide real-time training for actual market needs.

“This center gives us a footprint across the state with locations in the center of the state, eastern Michigan, the Upper Peninsula and now the shores of Lake Michigan,” said Lynn Coleman, director of the MLTAI. “We are excited to be part of the community and help changes lives with a career in the skilled trades.”

Indeed, the expansion by the MLTAI – a joint venture between Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) and the Associated General Contractors of Michigan, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association and the Construction Association of Michigan – marks the fourth location of such an institute in Michigan.

The other locations are in Wayne, Perry and Iron Mountain. More information, including specific locations and full course information, can be found online.

Danielle Emerson

Danielle Emerson