Central Pennsylvania celebrates new training center

In 2016, the administrators at Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 in Central Pennsylvania established a building committee to work together to design a new, energy efficient, state-of-the-art training center to replace the local’s aging building in Shoemakersville. The new training center, which officially opened last summer, incorporates as much sheet metal as possible on the…
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Successful ITI pilot program leads to California MATT Levels I, II courses

In preparation for the California Energy Commission (CEC) launch of the 2019 Title 24 standards on Jan. 1, the International Training Institute (ITI), the education arm of the unionized sheet metal industry, created two new Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT) courses, MATT-1 and MATT-2. Prior to launching the new courses last October, the ITI ran…
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SMART Foundation lays groundwork for veterans training program

The transition from active duty military service to civilian life is by no means simple. Those who take the oath to serve in the military risk their lives daily for the benefit of others. When those servicemen and women return, they face new challenges, including how to navigate and thrive as a civilian. One of…
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Copper Development Association classes ready members for the future

Nineteen members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) participated in a two-day Copper Development Association (CDA) training class and a single-day International Training Institute (ITI) Procedure and Performance training/testing class last fall in St. Louis in a concentrated effort to continue education and stay ahead of trending markets…
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National Apprenticeship Week opens doors

National Apprenticeship Week celebrated its fifth year in 2019, and members of the International Association of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Workers reached out to their communities to raise awareness of union apprenticeship. Held from Nov. 11-17, the nationwide event gives businesses, communities and education professionals the chance to ask questions, tour…
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Trades Women Build Nations brings union sisters together

More than 2,700 union women — more than 200 sheet metal sisters — and their allies gathered Oct. 4-6 in downtown Minneapolis for Trades Women Build Nations, a meeting of the minds for union women across the globe. The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) General President Joseph Sellers, Jr.…
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Biannual conference is a true sign of Partners in Progress

The sheet metal Funds were well represented at the Partners in Progress Conference held Feb. 25-26 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The biannual labor-management event brings together SMART (Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation) crafts persons and SMACNA (Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association) contractors in an effective cooperative effort to ensure an increasing market share and dominant…
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Military ranks, vets graduate from SMART Heroes program

Fifteenth class graduates members of Army, Air Force, Marines Eleven members of the United States military and five veterans graduated as the 15th class of the SMART Heroes program Feb. 24 at the Western Washington Sheet Metal training center, at 2725 Williamson Place, Suite 100, in DuPont, Washington. Graduates include Spc. Stephen Algien, Army; Sgt.…
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Colorado Springs SMART Heroes celebrates third graduation

Active Army members, vets take advantage of free program to build careers Seven members of the United States military and two veterans graduated as the third class of the SMART Heroes program’s Colorado location Feb. 24 at Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. The graduates represent the ranks of…
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Ohio schools, contractors working together to help students build careers

In Ohio, high school students are introduced to the apprenticeship in their sophomore year, and for Sheet Metal Workers Local 24, it’s a system that has been a successful recruitment tool for decades. The program goes by two names in Local 24 — School to Work Program in Columbus and the School to Apprenticeship Program…
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