Long viewed as gateways into the workforce, apprenticeships are turning heads in a new way. As the 2016 Presidential cycle gears up, candidates such as Hillary Clinton, Senator Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, and Bernie Sanders are proposing job growth plans centered around apprenticeships that are employer-oriented. 

This is part of a nationwide trend with rising college costs, whereon average students who graduate from a four-year private college in 2014 left campus with $31,000 in debt with a starting salary of $45,000 a year. Whereas those at the Apprenticeship School in Norfolk, Va. come out nearly debt free and can make nearly $10,000 more at their first job.

Apprenticeships could offer the construction industry a valuable workforce where they can train new employees. It also offers individuals an opportunity to get into the middle class without a college degree. 

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