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Detroit — A 3-year apprenticeship program will train workers for jobs as electrical instrumentation control technicians with the Great Lakes Water Authority.

The authority says classes will begin Wednesday through a partnership with Focus: HOPE and Henry Ford College in Dearborn.

Up to 20 people will learn about the job and receive on-the-job training at no cost. They will have opportunities to work with mentors and attend customized courses at Henry Ford College.

Those who complete the program will receive certification, a Labor Department journeyman card and full-time employment with the authority.

The water authority is a regional board that operates Detroit’s water system. It says apprenticeship programs for additional job classifications are expected to be developed in the future.

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