Alexis Miller – Carpentry Pre-Apprentice – Student Apprentice and Parent Perspective


Alexis Miller, age 17

Miami Valley Career Technology Center Student

Carpentry Pre-Apprentice at Ferguson Construction Company


How did you learn about apprenticeship?

Mr. Kramer and Mr. Ewry explained everything I needed to know to get started in apprenticeship.

What or who inspired you to pursue apprenticeship?

My family and Mr. Kramer.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I work at Ferguson Construction as an apprentice carpenter.

What does a “day in the life” look like for you?

I get up at 6:00 a.m., leave by 6:30, work 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., then I come home and eat and sleep.

What surprised you most about apprenticeship?

I was most surprised by how easy the rotation schedule is (2 weeks work, 2 weeks school).

What’s your favorite part of your job?

My favorite parts of my job are working with the more experienced people I work for and the feeling of finishing a project.

What did it mean to you to receive a paycheck while training?

It meant everything to me to receive a paycheck, and my paycheck is how I’m paying for my truck.

Would you recommend apprenticeship to your closest friends?


What’s the best way to attract more talented apprentices like yourself?

By talking to kids about the financial benefits and showing them what they can do with the money they save.


Jessica Miller – Alexis’s Parent

How did you and Alexis learn about apprenticeship?

Through Mr. Kramer at MVCTC.

What sparked her interest in apprenticeship?

Her ability to get applied experience sparked her interest.

Where does Alexis work and what is her role?

Alexis works at Ferguson Construction as an apprentice carpenter.

Initially, did you support the idea of apprenticeship?


What did it mean to you that Alexis received a paycheck while training?

It was great – she was able to learn money management at an early age.

Why did you and your daughter choose apprenticeship over the additional college route?

Alexis is going to college as well.

Would you recommend apprenticeship to other parents and why?

Absolutely, it’s great hands-on experience.

What’s the best way to inform other parents about apprenticeship?

The best way to inform other parents is to give them feedback from previous students and parents.

What else would you like to tell us about your daughter’s experience?

I’d like to thank Mr. Kramer for his passion for his student’s progress rates and determination to push for their attainment of life and career skills as well as choices they make by guiding them rather than dictating them through authority.

About Miami Valley Career Technology Center

MVCTC is positioned to influence economic development in five southwestern Ohio counties (Montgomery, Warren, Preble, Darke, and Miami) by preparing students for the 21st century workforce. Students receive challenging, career-focused education, as well as a rigorous academic foundation. This combination has resulted in an array of innovative applications and knowledge that enable MVCTC students to enter post secondary education or the job market with a high comfort level of competency and to be prepared for the global workforce.

About Ferguson Construction Company

ince 1920, Ferguson Construction Company has maintained the simple philosophy always to exceed customer expectations. This commitment has served us well, as we’ve experienced steady growth, now operating four offices to serve our clients in Ohio and Indiana. Through the highest level of craftsmanship, dedicated personnel, and an exemplary safety record, we remain an industry leader in providing high-quality construction services in a timely, cost-effective manner from conception to completion.


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