CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- A local electrical apprenticeship program wants high school students to know there are more paths than the typical four-year college degree.
The Crater Lake Electrical apprenticeship and training program offers a variety of programs for workers wanting to enter the skilled workforce.
Membership Development Representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said the program doesn't get many applicants fresh out of high school because many people get their degree, start working and realize they want to work with their hands.
"They want something where they can see the fruits of their labor, they want to be able to do something and go 'yes I look back at that building and you know I did that, I installed those lights or did this or I helped build this facility," Nelson said.
In recent years the program cut down its curriculum from five years to four years to get apprentices out into the workforce quicker.
Once accepted into the program, apprentices must complete 800 hours of class work while doing 40 hours of work a week out in the field with a local contractor.
Nelson said many apprentices will go on to have careers with those same contractors.
The program ends with a state exam. Once the apprentice has their license, they can work anywhere in the U.S.
Nelson hopes to get the word out to more high school students who are looking for a career path that doesn't include college debt and does include a well-paying job.