Fifth class of Colorado Springs SMART Heroes graduate

US military members tap apprenticeship program to train for careers Four members of the United States military graduated as the sixth class of the SMART Heroes program’s Colorado location Monday, Oct. 12, at Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. The graduates represent the ranks of the Army and include Sgt. William Hughes…
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Training center celebrates 19th class of SMART Heroes

US military members tap apprenticeship program to train for careers  Eight members of the United States military graduated as the 19th class of the SMART Heroes program’s Western Washington location Monday, Oct. 12, at 2725 Williamson Place, in DuPont. The graduates represented the ranks of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, and include Senior Airman…
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McGuire named director of research, development and technology for ITI

Minnesota native Ronald McGuire has been named director of research, development and technology for the International Training Institute (ITI). McGuire, a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 for 29 years, has been on staff at the ITI since 2009, most recently as the building information modeling (BIM) specialist and regional field representative. A second-generation sheet metal worker,…
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Soldering certifications open opportunities in architectural sheet metal

Beginning in 2015, the Michigan Capitol and its iconic dome underwent a massive renovation. The historic building, constructed in the 1870s, demonstrates the beauty and reliability that can be achieved with architectural sheet metal and soldering. In a presentation at the recent biannual Partners in Progress conference, ITI staff discussed the architectural industry, calling it one of the fastest…
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What does the shift to online learning look like for ITI?

In March, colleges and universities nationwide were forced to shift from in-person classes to online learning amid the coronavirus outbreak. But, what does that shift mean for a conventional training center built on a model of 80-90% field work? How can the International Training Institute (ITI), the training arm of the unionized sheet metal industry, continue…
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ITI expands online course offerings

The International Training Institute (ITI) has expanded its online courses offerings in response to the global pandemic that has made travel restrictive and risky. Online courses allow members and apprentices to learn new skills and stay abreast of the latest information and technologies from the safety of their homes and work environments. Distance learning The…
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ITI program helps apprentices access online content throughout pandemic

When the pandemic hit, training centers had to find ways to continue education online for apprentices. While first-year apprentices are assigned an iPad at the beginning of the school year — a program that started in 2019 — the subsequent years were not. In response, the trustees for the ITI developed an iPad reimbursement program…
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ITI, Interplay Learning team up to bring hands-on, VR service training to SMART members

The ITI has partnered with Interplay Learning to bring hands-on training to members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) and apprentices across the country through a virtual reality platform. Interplay Learning takes traditional training and technology and merges them to create 2D and 3D simulations and virtual reality. The idea is to…
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Colorado Springs SMART Heroes celebrates fourth graduation

US military members tap apprenticeship program to train for careers Three members of the United States military graduated as the fourth class of the SMART Heroes program’s Colorado location Monday, Aug. 17 at Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. The graduates represent the ranks of the Army and include Staff Sgt. Conner…
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SMART Heroes graduates to enter sheet metal career

Eighteenth class prepared seven US Army members for apprenticeship Seven members of the United States military graduated as the 18th class of the SMART Heroes program Monday, Aug. 17 at the Western Washington Sheet Metal training center at 2725 Williamson Place, Suite 100, in DuPont, Washington. The graduates represent the ranks of the Army and include Spc. Darrell Cortez,…
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