The Southeast Michigan Construction Academy (SEMCA) is a training school operated by the Michigan Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Southeastern Michigan chapter. At the time of publication, the training school is not approved by the US Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Apprenticeship (OA) as a Training Program Sponsor and is not able to register Apprentices(1).
No 3rd party verified information is available on the institution’s program performance. Other ABC training programs that were registered with the DOL OA since 2000 had a total of 236 Apprentices complete training at a graduation rate of 14%.
The Southeast Michigan Construction Academy (SEMCA) is a construction trade school primarily located in Madison Heights. The school is operated by the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The chapter employs Keith Ledbetter as their President and CEO (1).
Mr. Ledbetter’s publicly available Linkden Account (2), accessed on 10/5/17, reveals that he has worked for politicians, state government or as a lobbyist his entire adult life. He has not worked as an employer or worker in the construction industry.
He did formerly work for an organization focused on Michigan’s infrastructure as Director of Legislative Affairs. Yet, many of the same stances Keith supports today are the opposite of his former employer and the opposite of positions he would have taken as Director of Legislative Affairs for the organization (3).
It cast doubt on whether Mr. Ledbetter really understood the issues he advocated for during his previous employment and if he firmly grasps what the issues are now. In addition to his role at ABC, Keith serves as the spokesperson for the National Parents Organization of Michigan in his spare time lobbying politicians to change divorce law.
This chapter training organization, SEMCA claims on their website that the program is “certified with the Department of Labor / Bureau of Apprenticeship”(4), but the SEMCA is not approved by the US Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Apprenticeship (OA) as a Program Sponsor of training and is not able to register Apprentices (5). Due to this, there is no publicly available 3rd party verified information on the program’s performance such as the number of graduates and graduation rate. Other ABC led programs that were registered with the DOL OA have graduated just 236 Apprentices at a completion rate of 14% over the last 17 years. That averages to less than 14 graduates a year (5).