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ITI names Illinois instructor new director of research, development and technology

The International Training Institute (ITI), the educational arm of the unionized sheet metal industry, has welcomed David St. Peter, of Sheet Metal Workers Local 265 in Carol Stream, Illinois, as its new director of research, development and technology. Even though he comes from a sheet metal family — his father and two older brothers are now retirees…
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Local 104 to open new, state-of-the-art training center

Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 Bay Area Industry Training Fund is scheduled to open a new training facility Oct. 1. The new 32,000-square-foot facility was renovated from an existing warehouse space in Livermore, California, to a state-of-the-art training center, replacing the aging training center in San Leandro about 20 miles away. Although similar in size to…
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Colorado SMART Heroes program graduates standing by SMW logo

Colorado SMART Heroes program graduates active-duty military, veterans

In its third year operating in Colorado, SMART Heroes graduated one veteran and eight active-duty members of the United States Army from its program Friday, Aug. 5, at the training center of Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. In order to graduate, service members completed a seven-week course at…
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Instructors train on hand-held laser welders for first time thanks to ITI grants

Representatives from 10 training centers for the International Training Institute (ITI), the educational arm of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) workers, attended the first hand-held laser welder training the week of May 2 at Local 88 in Las Vegas. Representatives included training directors and instructors from the first set of centers awarded an ITI grant…
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Dushaw Hockett facilitating the course.

ITI hosts Bias and Belonging for Coordinators training

A new class offered to International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) training coordinators is designed to aid in the fight against problems with implicit bias in the workplace and beyond. The course, Bias and Belonging for Coordinators, is facilitated by Dushaw Hockett, founder and executive director of SPACES — Safe Places…
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Active-duty military, veteran graduate from Washington SMART Heroes program

Seven active-duty members and one veteran of the United States military graduated as the 29th class of the SMART Heroes program’s Western Washington location Monday, Aug. 1, at 2725 Williamson Place, in DuPont. Graduates represented members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force and included Sgt. Raul Cano, Army; Spc. Jaylan Davis, Army; Francisco…
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Sheet Metal Workers Local 80 soldering class aerial photo of members in the workshop

Detroit sheet metal workers gather to learn, certify soldering skills

The International Training Institute (ITI), the education arm of the unionized sheet metal and air conditioning industry, and the Copper Development Association (CDA) recently facilitated a soldering certification class for members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 80 in Detroit. The class, heavily requested by local contractors, certified 23 members (11 of which were local apprentices). Contractors requested the class because…
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McGuire takes new role as ITI program administrator

Ron McGuire said he knows he has some really big shoes to fill in his new position as program administrator for the International Training Institute (ITI), the education arm of the unionized sheet metal industry, following in the footsteps of Mike Harris, who was promoted to the role of administrator as of Jan. 1. “Mike did such…
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Colorado Springs SMART Heroes graduates standing in front of SMW Logo

Colorado Springs SMART Heroes graduates 9 soldiers

US military members finish first leg of training for sheet metal careers Nine members of the U.S. Army were celebrated for graduating from the SMART Heroes program’s Colorado location Friday, June 10 at Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. The graduates included Sgt. Kane A. Allen, Spc. Dax E. Van Horn, Spc.…
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Western Washington SMART Heroes graduating class all standing in a line for a photo

Twenty-eighth class graduates Western Washington SMART Heroes program

Upon completing a condensed training period designed to prepare them for a civilian career in sheet metal, four active-duty members of the United States military graduated from the SMART Heroes program’s Western Washington location Monday, June 6, at 2725 Williamson Place, in DuPont. The graduates represented the ranks of the United States Army and include Sgt. Michael…
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