3rd Year Apprentice, Cement Masons Local 526
Christina didn’t know much about the trades and assumed some construction experience was necessary to be accepted into an apprentice program.
“I was working as a short order cook and bartender, when a co-worker of mine entered the cement masons program,” she said. “He really encouraged me to apply; he said it would be life changing.”
Fast forward three years and Christina has no regrets at all.
“I’ve learned so much about this craft and myself, and there are endless opportunities to advance or take your career into very specialized areas.”
Christina has come to appreciate the true artistic aspects of masonry and credits the journeymen she works with daily for sharing their knowledge and skill. She also thinks it’s a great career for women.
“Women should not be intimidated by this or any trade; we are just as capable and it’s truly a career that allows you to better your life in so many ways.”