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Alonzo Butler, II

  • Hometown: Kissimmee, FL
  • Employer: UA – Pulaski Technical College (NLR)
  • Trade: HVAC Tech
  • Goals: "For my short term goal, I would like to obtain my certification in HVAC and EPA. For my long term goal, I would like to start my own business."

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Well-trained electricians are always in demand, and our apprenticeship programs are a great way to start your career!

There’s no doubt that we live in a digital world. We use technology to get our work done, to be entertained, and everything in between. Many children in school will one day have careers that don’t exist yet, and seeking high tech jobs presents an interesting mix of risk and reward. A handful of entrepreneurs come up with a great idea and convert it into a fortune, but the majority of employees at high-tech companies know that the only thing between a long career and getting laid off is a bad day at the stock market. The good news is that no matter how advanced that future technology becomes, it will still probably be powered up in the same way. The skilled trades are consistently considered recession-proof, and growing. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, career opportunities as an electrician will grow by 9% through 2026, and median earnings in Arkansas exceed $40,000 a year!

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Let ACEF help you build your career in construction!

Do you like working with your hands? A career in construction is a great choice! There is so much new construction taking place in Arkansas, and companies throughout the state are offering highly competitive salaries to recruit hard-working people and keep them. The skilled trades are practically recession-proof, and, according to the US Department of Labor Statistics ( are predicted to continue to experience faster than average employment growth through 2026. In 2017, its median annual wage of $45,820 surpassed the $37,690 median wage for all industries.

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Interested in a career in plumbing? ACEF offers apprenticeship programs!

There’s a lot of talk about high tech jobs, and what a great opportunity that it can be to get in on the ground floor of a new startup. What they don’t tell you is how little job security that their employees have at new companies. As demand for a product or service matures, and the shareholder value declines, layoffs are one of the first steps that companies take to stay alive.

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