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NE Winnebago Tribe apprenticeships prepare students, build workforce

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Friday, May 17, 2024   

Workforce watchers project the country could face critical worker shortages in many of the skilled trades in coming years.

The Nebraska Winnebago Tribe is taking a proactive approach to the issue. Its apprenticeship program helps high school juniors and seniors learn skills while helping the community build its skilled workforce. It is a collaboration between Ho-Chunk, Inc., Winnebago High School, the Winnebago Tribe Education Department and local businesses.

Willy Bass, manager of community impact and engagement for Ho-Chunk, Inc., said tribal leaders realized they needed programs for their youth who might not pursue higher education.

"This program was intended to get students interested, and a foot in the door, in the fields of construction, IT, nursing, education, etc.," Bass outlined. "Any of those sort of technical-related careers."

Bass explained the students earn credits for spending two hours at their worksite four days a week. On Fridays, they learn "soft skills," such as resume building, interviewing and the importance of a good attitude and good attendance. In the latest Harris Poll, more than 80% of employers reported many of their youngest workers lack these important soft skills.

Bass pointed out one of the tribe's priorities is ensuring its members have job opportunities. He noted some apprenticeship graduates choose to start working right after high school, while others pursue further training in their apprenticeship field.

"We want our kids to go off, get educated and come back and contribute to the tribe and make it a better place, and for them to be successful," Bass emphasized. "If they want to contribute those skills on a broader scale in other communities, they have that support system."

Kamau Turner, superintendent of Winnebago Public Schools, said they plan to build upon the program in the future. He hopes students interested in a skilled trade will eventually be able to graduate from high school fully certified, which would be a boon for the Winnebago community.

"I have to call a plumber from Sioux City; I have to call an electrician from Sioux City," Turner observed. "Our community is growing, our school is growing, and there'll be more of those people needed. Jobs will have to grow as the community grows."

Winnebago's population has increased 30% in the past eight years.

Disclosure: Ho-Chunk, Inc. contributes to our fund for reporting on Cultural Resources, Housing/Homelessness, and Native American Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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