"If you want to be that guy who never gets laid-off, work hard, work safe and never stop learning," Elevator Constructors Local 10 Apprentice Director Sonny Yeatman said Saturday night at the local’s apprentice graduation. Forty-three people took the grueling mechanics test and just 11 passed. After a 4-year apprenticeship, the Local 10 apprentices graduated to journeymen status. "You deserve credit for your four years of hard work, and your families deserve credit for the sacrifices they made to support you in this journey," said Yeatman. Apprentices who complete the program earn 30 community college credits and were encouraged to continue on to earn their associates degrees. Members of Local 10 build and service elevators, escalators and moving walkways.
- report/photo by Kathleen McKirchy