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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ironworkers Relocating Training Program to WCC

The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers has announced it will relocate its annual Instructor Training Program to WCC. Joseph Hunt, general president of the IABSORIW, announced the organization’s National Training Fund Trustees voted unanimously to move the program to the College.

The first training program at WCC will be held July 14−24, 2010. It will bring together 700 instructors, employers, contractors, and owners from across the country.

Hunt cited WCC’s strong technical focus, long history of supporting union instructor training programs, and excellent shop facilities as just some of the reasons that his organization made the change.

“WCC has facilities perfectly suited for hands-on training and expertise working with union instructor training programs in the building trades, and we look forward to working with the Ironworkers and to assist in the program’s continued success,” said WCC President Larry Whitworth.

Washtenaw County is host to several major labor-related training programs. WCC has been hosting what has grown to more than 2,500 annual attendees of the United Association of Plumbers and
Pipefitters Instructor Training Program for more than 20 years. The National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee for the Electrical Industry will hold a portion of its technical program at WCC in 2010. The NJATC relocated its National Training Institute to the University of Michigan in 2009, bringing more than 2,100 attendees to the Ann Arbor area annually. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers District 6 will hold its 2010 Regional Conference and Progress Meeting at the Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest Sept. 20–26, 2010, bringing nearly 500 IBEW members to the area.

Eastern Michigan University will host opening and graduation ceremonies for the Ironworkers on its campus, and will house hundreds of program attendees in its residence halls. The Marriott will serve as the headquarters hotel for participants.

“Eastern Michigan University takes great pride in our efforts to support our region,” said EMU President Susan Martin. “This is an excellent example of the partnerships that prove to be a win-win for everyone involved, and primarily for our community. We welcome the Ironworkers to Michigan.”

For the past 25 years, the IABSORIW held its annual Instructor Training Program in California. Each year, the National Ironworkers and Employers Apprenticeship Training and Journeyman Upgrading Fund conducts what has become one of the premier instructor training programs in the building trades.

Bringing the Ironworkers’ Instructor Training Program to Washtenaw County has been a collaborative effort among WCC, the Ann Arbor Convention & Visitors Bureau, EMU, and the Ypsilanti Marriott. The AAACVB began working with the Ironworkers in September 2009 as a result of a presentation made to approximately 25 heads of various training programs at an AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department meeting in Washington, D.C. Site visits of WCC, EMU, and the Marriott were coordinated by the bureau, culminating in relocation of the program.

“We are excited to welcome participants of the Ironworkers’ Instructor Training Program to Washtenaw County this summer, and to have this opportunity to showcase the state-of-the-art facilities and outstanding hospitality offered throughout the community,” said Mary Kerr, AAACVB president.

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