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Jose' Sanchez III, Ionia County


First and foremost, I am a family man. I am a father to two sons and a husband to my loving wife of 22 years. I am a carpenter by trade and started my apprenticeship in July of 2001 and graduated in 2005 to become a journeyman carpenter. I take pride in my work as a union carpenter. My work ethic mostly comes from my grandparents. They were both from southern Texas and met in the fields as migrant workers. My grandparents started a family and moved to Michigan with their children for more opportunities. My grandfather worked for and retired from GM in Lansing, Michigan. But I didn’t only get my work ethic from my grandpa’s job, though. I was inspired by how hard my grandparents worked to have a happy marriage of 66 years. They showed our family that good things take time, hard work, and dedication towards the end goal. They were both excellent people to aspire to!

For work, I am currently the Facility Coordinator and Carpenter Instructor for the Michigan Carpenters and Millwrights Joint Apprenticeship Training Fund for the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters. This is an apprenticeship school in Wayland Michigan that teaches people how to be carpenters or millwrights in both school and work environments, without having to pay school tuition.

I have been on the Hispanic/Latino commission for the state of Michigan since December of 2020 and am currently on the economic development subcommittee for the commission. With the position I am in at our training center, I can provide opportunities for the community. Our goal is to provide people with the chance to have a career as a journeyman, foreman, instructor among many other things. The list goes on and on. My goal in the commission is to provide excellent opportunities and give hope to other Hispanics that they may achieve success with hard work.