1st Year Apprentice, Cement Masons Local #526
Anthony was attracted to the Mason’s by his cousin who studied masonry at his high school’s Career Technical Center. But, before he applied for the apprentice program, he had to convince his parents it was the right move.
“My parents’ wanted me to go to college, but it just wasn’t what I wanted to do,” he said. “I wanted to establish a career and start my adult life and the Mason’s apprentice program gave me that opportunity.”
Anthony says what’s impressed him most is the amount of learning and technical skill necessary to be a professional mason.
“It’s much more than you might imagine, but it’s taught very well and I can already see how much I’ve progressed,” he said. “Plus, I really like being involved in large projects like the Interstate 279 rehabilitation; it’s really gratifying to be involved in this.”