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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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Interested in a career in the plumbing industry? ACEF is here to help!

Whether you’re entering the workforce for the first time, or changing careers, making an informed decision is challenging. Most high schools struggle to prepare their students to enter the workforce, and focus instead on encouraging them to get more education at a four year university. Unfortunately, a conventional college education isn’t a good fit for everyone, and careers in the skilled trades are experiencing unprecedented growth. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), plumbers currently earn a median income of $53,910 per year, and job opportunities are expected to grow by 16% through 2026, much faster than the average for other careers.

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ACEF offers carpentry programs to help you build a great future!

As you travel throughout The Natural State, it’s hard to miss the large amount of new construction that’s taking place. People throughout the country are quickly learning what most of us have known all our lives: this is a great place to live and work. People are relocating here in record numbers to take advantage of job opportunities, a great climate, great food, and lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Those people all need places to live and places to shop, and the demand for carpenters is continuing to grow. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, and the median annual wage for carpenters was $46,590 in May 2018 (bls.gov).

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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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