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Joe Thayer on America’s Workforce Radio

Cleveland District Training Coordinator Joe Thayer was interviewed recently on America’s longest-running labor-radio program. On Jan. 18, Thayer spoke with Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of America’s Workforce Radio, which has been on the air since 1993. During the interview, Flash and Thayer discussed the type of work Sheet Metal...



Forbes.com Article Says Students Should Consider The “Other Four-Year Degree”

A January Forbes.com article discusses the advantages of apprenticeships and other vocational educations over bachelor’s degrees. The article, written by Nicholas Wyman, points out that roughly 13 million Americans with college degrees are unemployed and countless more are either underemployed or have given up trying to find a job....



Strickland visits Rossford Training Center

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland made a campaign stop at the Rossford training center in northwest Ohio. He toured the state-of-the-art facility and spoke with second-year apprentices. Strickland saw firsthand how the building trades provide their members with a free education that gives them a pathway to live a...



Conflict of Interest Does Exist in Attempted Repeal of Sheet Metal Bill in West Virginia

Following up from yesterday’s Government Affairs post – “Republicans Continue to Take Away Safety from Hardworking West Virginians” – one of the Republican lawmakers looking to repeal all state laws that regulate HVAC technicians seems to have a conflict of interest in the matter. Delegate Eric Householder, R-Berkeley, one of...



New Agreement Aids Sheet Metal Apprentices in Earning Associate’s Degree

The Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and the Ohio Board of Regents have reached an agreement geared toward helping apprentices earn their associates degree. The agreement means individuals working as union apprentices can now earn up to 60 percent of the credits they need to graduate with an associate’s...



Local #33 Training Center Receives International Award

The Sheet Metal Workers Local #33, Cleveland District Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) was recently internationally recognized by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) as the Best New IPAF Training Centre of the Year. Our training center is the first of its kind in the U.S. to earn...




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