Laresha Love completed her Bradley Tech education with an apprenticeship with Mortenson Construction, working at the new Milwaukee Bucks arena site. She worked right up until the week she left for college to study construction project management.
“Mortenson changed my life,” she said. “At first, I was there for myself and myself only. But my second week there, I realized that’s not the attitude you can have there.”
Love said her employers were all so welcoming and friendly, which pushed her to make the best of her experience by exploring different positions and making connections with leaders and mentors.
By the time she was finishing high school classes, she was grateful to be given the opportunity to stay at Mortenson for the summer. Love hopes to return to there during the summers she is in college.
Read about Laresha’s experience and the drive for more businesses to open their doors for youth apprenticeships at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.