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with a career in construction,

you build the future

5 reasons why people are joining the skilled trades:

a collection of craft trades icons relating to carpentry, plumbing, electrical, etc.

first, What are the skilled trades?

Jobs in the construction industry are often referred to as “skilled” or “craft trades.” A skilled trades job is any occupation typically requiring skills learned through specialized training, apprenticeships, or on-the-job training.

Many of these jobs are experiencing high growth as they are well paid, active, engaging, and often hundreds of thousands of dollars less expensive to get into versus a white collar career that demands a 4-year university degree.


You'd be a great fit for the skilled trades if

you're a problem solver

You like being active

You're a fixer and a doer

You enjoy learning

A great place to jumpstart your successful career is Exterior Envelope. This course teaches students the fundamentals of commercial construction.

Where to start

Graduated high school and trying to decide what you should do next? Or maybe you’ve been in the workforce for a couple years but are looking for something better? 

The best way to answer those questions and more is by taking a tour of the West Michigan Construction Institute

You’ll have a one-on-one guide to show you the classrooms and hands-on learning labs, the in-session courses (depending on schedule), and meet other WMCI staff, students and instructors! 

WMCI students are highly employable, graduating WMCI with the following certifications:

  • WMCI Core Certificate
  • NCCER Core Certificate
  • OSHA 10 Safety Certification
  • First Aid/CPR Certification
Young man graduating from WMCI with his certification
group graduating from WMCI ESL class
Young woman graduating from WMCI with his certification
"Honestly, I didn’t know what I was going to do for a career before attending WMCI. This opened a lot of doors for me so I can now see my future career opportunities much more clearly."
Recent WMCI CORE Graduate

we can help!

Making a career move is a big decision - one you'll want to make sure you have the information you need to feel confident in taking the next step.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us for more information on the WMCI course catalog, scheduling a facility tour, and meeting our instructors.