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Four to enter carpentry apprenticeship program

ON A PATH TO THEIR CAREERS — Four carpentry students at Brooke High School have enrolled in an apprenticeship program with the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters which, in cooperation with West Virginia University, will allow them to earn an associate degree in carpentry technology. The four are, from left, front, Bradford Anderson Jr., Tyler Apesos, Andrew Stewart and Alexis Lucas. Behind them are Sam White, director of WVU’s Apprenticeship Pathway program; Jody Bonfini and Nathan Beha, regional representatives of the council; and Jack Minger, Brooke High School carpentry instructor. -- Warren Scott

WELLSBURG — Four Brooke High School students are on their way to a career in carpentry after signing on for an apprenticeship program through which they will gain on-the-job experience and an associates degree from West Virginia University.

Bradford Anderson Jr., Tyler Apesos, Andrew Stewart and Alexis Lucas have enrolled in a four-year program through which they will receive training from the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, including 1,600 hours of paid on-the-job experience, and a degree in carpentry technology through WVU’s Apprenticeship Pathway program.

Attended by council representatives Jody Bonfini and Nathan Beha and Sam White, apprenticeship pathway director, the signing was held at the school to acknowledge the hard work the students have put in to reach that point.

Jack Minger, the school’s carpentry instructor, noted each of the four have completed the school’s two-year carpentry program and passed a comprehensive exam testing their knowledge of the field.

On hand to witness the signings were the students’ parents.

Anderson is the son of Melissa Anderson and the late Bradford Anderson Sr., Apesos is the son of Tony and Michele Apesos, Stewart is the son of Holly and Scot Stewart and Lucas is the daughter of Christy Miller and Kevin Lucas.

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