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As we enter week five of our Trailblazer and Innovator Spotlight series we take a look at the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s (ACFEF) apprenticeship program with the U.S. Army.  The U.S. Army - American Culinary Federation partnership was highlighted during our “OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate Education and Action Summit in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act.

In 2010, the ACFEF National Standards for the program were approved and registered with the U.S. Department of Labor.  This partnership began as an effort to raise the level of foodservice training opportunities available to U.S. soldiers.  The program now has more than 500 soldiers currently enrolled and operates in five pilot installations. The apprenticeship program is expected to be offered Army-wide in the near future.  The program, known as the 92G Credentialing Apprenticeship program, offers on-the-job training and related instruction that leads to certification with the ACF.  

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) was founded in 1929 in New York City and has always focused on promoting the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels.  In 1976 they were able to elevate the position of the executive chef from service status to the professional category in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Official Titles.  Today, ACF is the largest professional chef’s organization in North America, with more than 20,000 members across the United States.

At the August 1, National Education and Action Summit, the partnership was represented by Kristy Nelson, MNM, Director of Education and Professional Development for ACF; and Mark Warren, CEC, AAC, for the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence SGM at the U.S. Army.  Ms. Nelson and Mr. Warren accepted a Certificate of Recognition as a Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator presented by John Ladd, Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, and Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

“The fact that the partnership between the U.S. Army and ACF has been recognized is truly momentous,” said CW5 David Longstaff, CEC, AAC, U.S. Army Foodservice Advisor. “It validates the efforts of the U.S. Army and ACF, through this partnership, to train and certify soldiers within the foodservice program.”

For more on the ACFEF-U.S. Army apprenticeship program, we encourage you to download and share the American Culinary Federation Education Fund / U.S. Army Apprenticeship program fact sheet Also be sure to visit http://www.acfchefs.org for more on apprenticeship opportunities.   

Our Trailblazer and Innovator SpotLight series continues this week with a look at the West Virginia Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS).  West Virginia’s ACDS was recently honored as a Trailblazer and Innovator program during the August 1, “OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate” National Education and Action Summit in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act. 

West Virginia’s ACDS program is dedicated to providing highly skilled, confident, early childhood employees; quality early childhood classrooms; and informed, supportive early childhood professionals.  Targeted at staff in child care centers, Head Start, preschool, school-age programs, public schools, and family childcare providers the program offers four semesters of training.  Apprentices receive 300 hours of course work and 3,200 to 4,000 hours of on-the-job experience.   

Upon completion of the program, apprentices will earn a nationally recognized Certificate of Completion from the U.S. Department of Labor.  ACDS apprentices are also able to apply the work they’ve completed through the apprenticeship towards college credit that could lead to an Associate’s Degree at several West Virginia community colleges.

The ACDS apprenticeship was selected as a Trailblazer and Innovator program as a result of its efforts to utilize the Registered Apprenticeship model to prepare workers in the Childcare industry.   ACDS was also recognized for the collaborative partnerships that have been developed to support apprentices and prepare them for careers as a Child Development Specialist.   ACDS partners with the State Office of the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, the U.S. Department of Labor; the Bureau of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education; West Virginia Department of Education; River Valley Child Development Services; and local career centers.

ACDS State Coordinator Sherrie Barrett and Jennifer Conkle, ACDS Regional Coordinator represented the program at the National Education and Action Summit.  Ms. Barrett and Ms. Conkle also accepted the Trailblazer and Innovator Certificate of Recognition presented by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, and Administrator for the Office of Apprenticeship John V. Ladd.  After receiving the award, Ms. Barrett spoke proudly of West Virginia’s efforts to prepare apprentices to be expert-level Child Development Specialists.

“In West Virginia we believe early education is a key to ensuring children are excited about learning.  Using the Registered Apprenticeship model to train our Child Development Specialists has been very successful.   The ACDS program trains our apprentices to provide a positive, safe, and educational environment for children.  It is truly a collaborative effort and it speaks to the importance West Virginia puts on the early education of children.”

For more on the program, we encourage you to download and share the West Virginia Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist.  Also be sure to visit www.wvacds.org for more on West Virginia's Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in early education.

 

We continue our Trailblazer and Innovator SpotLight series this week with a look at the Western Oklahoma Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (WOEJATC). WOEJATC is a joint venture of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) L. U. 1141 and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

Created in 1945, the Western Oklahoma Electrical JATC offers apprentices a minimum of 900 hours of classroom instruction and 8000 hours of on-the-job training over a four year period. The WOEJATC Web Site states IBEW and NECA teamed to develop the committee to develop and maintain the best trained workforce in the Electrical Industry, offering apprentices the opportunity to earn wages and benefits while learning the skills necessary to be a successful Journeyman Electrician.

The WOEJATC was recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator program during the August 1 OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate National Education and Action Summit in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act. WOEJATC was recognized not only for their innovative and successful training strategies, but also for the efforts it makes to recruit youth and under-represented populations, including women and minorities, for electrical industry careers. WOEJATC also is proud of the opportunities they offer to our returning Veterans, which now represent 23% of the apprentices currently in training.

WWOEJATC Training Director Jim Monteith joined Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, and leadership from throughout the Registered Apprenticeship system for the National Education and Action Summit. Mr. Monteith also accepted the Trailblazer and Innovator Certificate of Recognition.

Mr Monteith spoke on the meaning of being recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator program. “Being recognized by the Department of Labor, Secretary Solis and her Advisory Committee was an honor, and a testament to the investment and hard work we put into training our apprentices. At the Western Oklahoma Electrical JATC training is the key to our success. he apprenticeship model ensures our current generation of journeyman electricians pass on the knowledge and skills they’ve developed onto our next generation of inside wiremen.”

We encourage you to download and share this 1-Page Program overview for more on the Western Oklahoma Electrical JATC. Also, for more on the apprenticeship opportunities WOEJATC offers, please visit www.woejatc.org/.

As we continue our SpotLight series featuring Trailblazer and Innovator-recognized programs, it’s only fitting to follow our Wisconsin SpotLight, which featured the place where Registered Apprenticeship started, by featuring a program that has been a leader in the apprenticeship community for more than 100 years.    

The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, widely known as the UA, was established on October 11, 1889. 120 years later, the UA is still going strong.  Today the UA has over 40,000 registered apprentices training nationwide in 345 authorized training centers covering 284 registered apprenticeship programs, making it the largest registered apprenticeship program in the U.S. The organization credits the strength of their partnerships with various signatory contractors for the success of their program. This collaborative approach is essential to the effective development of a skilled and competitive workforce that is ready to meet current and future industry demands. Their investment in education ensures that all UA apprentices have access to the most innovative and rigorous training available, and that they graduate as highly-skilled, competitive journeyworkers, prepared for the challenges of today's growing construction industry. 

The UA was recently recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator of Registered Apprenticeship during the Department of Labor’s National Education and Action Summit in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act.  UA Director of Training Chris Haslinger was on hand to receive the Certificate of Recognition presented by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.  Haslinger had this to say about UA’s long-standing commitment to the apprenticeship model:

“At the UA, excellence is not just a goal, it’s a requirement.  We believe that training our workforce using the apprenticeship model is the best way to ensure our workforce is the safest, the most productive, and the most competitive in the construction industry.  As apprentices become journeyworkers, they take pride in the hard work they’ve put in, and they understand the importance of passing the knowledge and skills they’ve developed on to the next generation of apprentices that come behind them.  That’s what Registered Apprenticeship is all about.” 

As we enter the 21st century, the UA continues to lead the way in innovation and commitment to make sure their membership is ready for the challenges that lay ahead.  The UA, in partnership with its signatory contractors, spends an estimated $240 million a year on training to ensure their members are prepared for the future.  With that type of investment, UA apprentices are given every opportunity to earn, learn, and succeed in the 21st century.

We encourage you to download and share this one-page overview to learn more on the UNITED ASSOCIATION of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada. 

Also be sure to visit http://ua.org/ for more on the UA’s Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in plumbing, pipefitting, sprinkler fitting, and HVACR.

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