Skilled Trades Degree: Bricklayers Agreement

Skilled Trades Degree Agreement

East Central College agrees to a partnership with the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC), Local 1, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers of Eastern Missouri to provide a seamless opportunity for workers in the masonry trade to receive an Associate of Applied Science Skilled Trades degree.

Details of Agreement

The partnership will improve the vocational skills and the academic education of union workers. The combination of the JATC apprenticeship and the ECC AAS-Skilled Trades degree will provide union members with the knowledge, skills, and certifications they need to seek employment and promotion within the masonry and construction industries. See Entire Agreement

What are the benefits of a Skilled Trades degree?  The degree is tailored to fit the occupational and career needs of program students by combining apprenticeship training with ECC general education coursework.  Those who complete the JATC apprenticeship program and fifteen credit hours of general education courses at ECC with a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average will earn a Skilled Trades AAS degree.

What Types of General Education Classes Are Offered?

Participants looking to complete 15 college credit hours (5 classes) to complete an Associate of Applied Science Skilled Trades degree have numerous classes to choose from. All classes will be taught by East Central College instructors on the Union or Rolla campuses or online.

  • Written Communications (3 credit hours)
  • Math (3 credit hours)
  • Civics (3 credit hours)
  • Oral Communications (3 credit hours)
  • Humanities and Fine Arts (3 credit hours)

The complete list of class options can be found here.

Credit for Prior Learning

ECC understands JATC apprenticeship training as valuable post-secondary education to prepare the current and future masonry workforce and will extend up to 45 college credit hours to anyone who has successfully completed the JATC apprenticeship who are pursuing the AAS-Skilled Trades degree.  The completed apprenticeship shall be tendered as credit for prior learning, or academic credit granted for demonstrated college-level equivalencies gained through learning experiences outside the college classroom.

Students who complete the program will have the knowledge, skills and certifications needed to seek employment and promotion within the masonry and construction industries. It also allows them to pursue additional post-secondary opportunities.

Program Contact:
Richard Hudanick, Dean of Career and Technical Education or 636.584.6635