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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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Looking for a plumbing apprenticeship? We can help!

Even though it might not seem like the most glamorous occupation in the world, it’s hard to ignore the fact that plumbers make really great salaries (and they earn every penny). According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (, the 2018 median salary for plumbers was $53,910 per year/$25.92 per hour. They also predict 14% growth in career opportunities through 2028. A career as a plumber is virtually recession-proof, and you’ll never have to worry about having your job shipped overseas!

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The HVAC trade is a really cool career!

The Natural State is well known for a wealth of scenic beauty and outdoor recreational activities. People travel to Arkansas from all over the world to enjoy world class vacations, and we all take a lot of pride in hosting visitors and showing them around. Having said that, our beloved state is no stranger to seasonal weather extremes. Our summers are punishingly hot, and there are a few months in the winter when ice and snow slows our lives down to a crawl. We manage to cope with our air conditioning and heating systems, and are prepared to pay a pretty penny to have them repaired or replaced. In fact, many HVAC technicians have trouble folding their wallets during the summer!

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You’d be shocked to learn how fast that career opportunities in the electrical field are growing!

The future is exciting, but definitely unpredictable. 50 years ago, people thought that we’d be driving flying cars and using jetpacks to get around at this point, but that didn’t quite happen. The same can be said for the future of employment. High tech jobs continue to change, and many are being shipped overseas to save money on labor costs, or simply eliminated and absorbed into other jobs.

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