SETA: student empowerment and trade apprenticeship program

Simply put, if a student graduates high school and does not enlist, go to and finish college, or have an “in” somewhere, they will likely end up with minimum wage work for a long period after entering adulthood. The Student Empowerment and Trade Apprenticeship Program is an educational-employment partnership between local Citrus Heights high schools and local unions. This will create paid, educational opportunities for local students who are interested in pursuing a direct, guaranteed avenue to a career.


Currently, we have a nationwide push towards higher education, creating more Americans that end up in crippling levels of student debt, unable to find jobs in their field or any other. At the same time, it is estimated that there are 68% more job openings in infrastructure than there are qualified workers to fill those jobs. Many of these unfilled jobs are among the 30M that pay $55,000 per year or more without requiring a bachelor’s degree.


The SETA program allows schools and unions to work together to create in-school classes that will lead directly to good paying and protected work. Students will enter Union shops or union job-sites that will double as credit towards graduation. This kind of practical, hands-on experience is invaluable, both for the student’s resume and their personal growth. Many will be trade-certified and employed by the age of 20, while their university-bound peers will still be two years away from graduation. Apprentices can earn up 60% of the wages that licensed professionals can make -- while they are being trained. 


These programs have proven successful time and time again, and could be a game-changer for students here in Citrus Heights. The US Department of Labor has made $80 million dollars in grants available, including $450,000 for the state of California. This program is already producing results -- 1200 students are enrolled in Alamo, Texas alone. 


Get involved with my campaign today, and we’ll make sure our students are prepared for whatever the future holds. 



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