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    :: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 ::

    Helmets to Hardhats aids troops in move from military to civilian work force - By George Avalos, The Argus, CA
    At the Pleasanton center, people enter a 42-month program, taking 17 classes, each that are about a week or two in length, said Terry Callan, district coordinator for the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California.

    Callan points out that this is an apprenticeship program, not a trade school. That is an important distinction, because that means student-workers can gain regular bumps in their salary and benefits while they are part of this Helmets to Hardhats program.

    'In 42 months, they can attain journey-level wages and benefits,' Callan said.
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