New Agreement Provides East Central College Degree Opportunity to Area Union Members

August 1, 2019 |

East Central College will offer an opportunity for area union workers to complete an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Apprenticeship Trades, a skilled trades degree. The agreement was agreed upon recently between the College and the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC), Local 1, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers of Eastern Missouri.

“This partnership will help improve the vocational skills and advance the academic education of workers in the masonry trade,” said Richard Hudanick, East Central College Dean of Career and Technical Education.

The Skilled Trades degree will consist of a combination of apprenticeship training earned by the union workers combined with the completion of general education courses at East Central College, either online or on campus. The students entering the degree program are eligible for financial aid.

“East Central College will extend college credit to anyone who has successfully completed the JATC apprenticeship,” added Hudanick. “Once the union member completes fifteen credit hours of general education courses at ECC, they will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Apprenticeship Trades.”

“We really appreciate the hard work of faculty member Russ Henderson, along with the leaders at the JATC, for laying the ground work for this exciting opportunity,” said Robyn Walter, East Central College Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Students who complete the program will have the knowledge, skills and certifications needed to seek employment and promotion within the masonry and construction industries.

For more information, contact Richard Hudanick at or 636.584.6635 or visit

PHOTO: Rick Swanson, Owner of Swanson Masonry and Co-Chair of the JATC, Dr. Jon Bauer, East Central College President, and Brian Jennewein, Director of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Administrative District Council of Eastern Missouri and Co-Chair of the JATC, sign new agreement for a Skilled Trades degree.