“ANEW provided me with a solid foundation and career pathway for my 30 years in the apprenticeship world. I owe any success I have had in my career to the training and support from ANEW and the ANEW community.”

– Anne Wetmore
Director of the WA and OR State Offices of Apprenticeship,
U.S. Department of Labor/Employment Training Admin

“ANEW helped me focus my existing talents, and provided me with new ones. This helped me get into the Puget Sound Electrical JATC Apprenticeship, and a well-paying career.”

– Deidre W.
IBEW Local 46, 1st year Apprentice


“ANEW provides a great opportunity for women to be competitive and increase their participation in apprenticeship programs across the state. Additionally, ANEW  is a very valuable program, and it has helped many apprenticeship programs increase the diversity in their training programs.”

Pat Perez
Business Manager UA Local  44,
WA Apprenticeship Training Council Representative

“Offering Pre-Apprenticeship programs is a great way of growing the skilled-workforce of the future as well as helping people launch their careers that lead to family-wage jobs.”

-Peter Guzman
WA Apprenticeship Training Council,
Compliance Review & Retention Subcommittee Member

“The ANEW Program was a blessing for me. I had decided to make a career change after 20 years in the restaurant business, it was time for a change for me and my family. I graduated the ANEW program in July of 2012 and went straight to the Sheet Metal Apprenticeship office and was accepted in to the course! It was the best feeling! I am now a 2nd year apprentice and currently working at a local Kent Sheet Metal shop! I love every minute of it! I couldn’t have done it without the ANEW program! Thank you all so much! I definitely recommend this class for anyone who is dedicated and committed to a new path!”

-Christina B.

“Absher Construction Company values the partnerships with construction pre-apprenticeship training programs like ANEW to help recruit and train people for living wage construction jobs.”

-Absher Construction Company

“ANEW prepped me in construction culture, math review, tool usage and recognition, fitness and generally exploring the construction trades to see what I would like.  Proudly, I am a first year apprentice in Sheet Metal – Local 66.  I love it!  I recommend the program whether you are considering a career change or fresh out of high school.  Thank you, ANEW for helping me put my foot in the door.”

-Melody T.
ANEW Class 77

“Before I attended ANEW I was stuck working at temp agencies making minimum wage just enough to get by. I felt lost not knowing where I was going in life then I found ANEW. While I attended the ANEW program I was exposed to many different trades and figured out the one that interested me the most. Since graduating the ANEW program I now have a career in the trades making a good living not just scraping by. I am so thankful that there is a program like ANEW out there to help guide people in life goals and career paths as well as helping through the process of becoming an apprentice.”

-Misty M.
ANEW Class 79, Local 440 Laborers