The Associates degree of Applied Science in Apprenticeship Pipe Fittings, as it's called, allows Chicago's union pipe fitters to earn a college degree while they go through the MCA/LU 597 Apprenticeship Program. It is open to anyone currently in the program, as well as those who have successfully completed it.
Apprentices in the five-year LU 597 program begin earning about $20,000 annually, but by the time they have completed their fifth year, their earnings top $60,000. For more information, contact the association at 312/670-6740 or visit MCA's homepage at www.mca.org.
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