Spring Semester 2011

Apprenticeship Classes are back in session and are going well considering a lot of out of town work conflicting with the apprentices schedules.  The new 2 consecutive days per month schedule worked well in the Fall and will continue.  This new format seems to work better for most contractors work scheduling.  Apprentice’s consistent attendance to classes is critical to their success in the program.   Make up classes are disruptive to our operations and class participation with a group is much more effective learning.

RRP and Leadworker Training

Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) training has been held and additional 8 hour classes are scheduled.  We encourage members to take this course to obtain certification to “disturb lead”.   Please check our website or call in to schedule for the class.  Additionally, we will be offering Leadworker certification which enables abatement of lead on jobsites.  We were recently approved to offer this 16 hour course after an intense application and certification process was done by the Minnesota Department of Health.  We are also certified to hold the refresher courses for Leadworkers.

Registered Apprentice Initiative

Finishing Trades Institiute of the Upper Midwest and District Council 82’s participation in the Glazier’s Registered Apprentice Initiative is on track for training to begin in September 2011.  The JATC was able to review the new curriculum and assessment tools for the program through a Webinar hosted by Dr. Thomas Pfundstein of the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI).  The assessment piece of this program is a critical item since it will enable us to measure the success of our instruction and hands on training.  Our final steps to get the program off the ground are to get approval from the Minnesota Department of Labor for our new model standards developed by the FTI.