SMART Heroes’ eighth class to graduate in Colorado Springs

Military members prepare for civilian career in sheet metal after service SMART Heroes graduated eight members of the United States Army, including one member of the Army National Guard, from its program Monday, April 19, at its Colorado location, Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. In order to graduate,…
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“Damn the torpedoes — full speed ahead”: The ITI turns 50

The first 15 years of any organization’s lifetime is an important time in its history. Its evolution depends solely on the strength of the roots established in those first few years. The International Training Institute (ITI) was created as the National Training Fund (NTF) on May 12, 1971, and over the last 50 years it has grown,…
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Virtual apprentice contest motivates apprentices, educators

For well over a year, it’s not surprising to hear an event has “gone virtual.” Weddings, holidays and happy hours — not to mention work, school and family functions — were forced online due to the pandemic. Like many teachers across the country, training directors in charge of molding the minds of sheet metal apprentices…
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Apprentice owes life to CPR, instructors at Local 20

When first-year apprentice John Walker returned to Sheet Metal Workers Local 20’s Indianapolis training center after lunch in January, he didn’t feel well — his legs were shaking, he was lethargic and his arm was tingling. Self-admittedly stubborn, Walker sat in the back of class and tried to catch some shut-eye before class began, but…
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Minnesota sheet metal workers create opportunities with new learning lab

The pandemic didn’t slow down progress at Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Beginning in March 2020, construction began on the training center’s new 3,700-square-foot commercial service and architectural lab. The inside of the building is designed as a commercial service lab while the outside was created to serve as an…
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Colorado Springs SMART Heroes graduates seventh class

Soon-to-be military veterans prepare for careers after service SMART Heroes graduated six members of the United States military from its program Monday, Feb. 22 at its Colorado location, Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. In order to graduate, service members completed a seven-week course to earn the equivalent of…
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New Jersey’s Local 27 unveils new testing, adjusting, balancing lab

Members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 27 in central and southern New Jersey will now have access to their own testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) lab, the 23rd such lab to be accredited among the more than 140 training centers in the country. It has been a lengthy process, but completion of the project will…
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Kimbel retires from ITI after 30 years of service

Judy Kimbel, longtime administrative assistant and “wearer of many hats” at the International Training Institute (ITI), announced her retirement, which was effective Feb. 1. Kimbel started her career in sheet metal with the National Pension Fund in 1986. After three years, she moved to the Stabilization Agreement for the Sheet Metal Industry (SASMI) for another…
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Active duty, veterans graduate from SMART Heroes 20th class

Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps to enter sheet metal apprenticeship Five active members of the United States military and three veterans graduated as the 20th class of the SMART Heroes program’s Western Washington location Monday, Dec. 14, at 2725 Williamson Place, in DuPont. The graduates represented the ranks of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine…
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Caricato takes leadership role in architectural sheet metal training

San Diego resident named specialist, field representative for national organization   FAIRFAX, Va. – Chris Caricato, training director for Sheet Metal Workers Local 206 in San Diego, recently joined the International Training Institute (ITI), the education arm of the unionized sheet metal industry, as an architectural sheet metal specialist and field representative. Caricato has spent nearly…
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