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Are Your Programs Rolling with the Changes?

Below you will find a couple of mid-West RAPs solutions to addressing today’s economic downturn. Hopefully, you will share these case studies with other parties interested in advancing the efforts of the US-DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship.



On Monday, September 20, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced the appointment of the new members of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA).  The announcement of the members is exciting news for all of us here in the Office of Apprenticeship and the entire Registered Apprenticeship system.  The new members represent leadership from throughout the Registered Apprenticeship system and its partners.  ETA Assistant Secretary Jane Oates will serve on the committee as an ex-officio member, and Ms. Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Chief Executive Officer of Green for All, has been selected as the ACA Chairperson.

The members of this committee, scheduled to hold their inaugural meeting on October 27 & 28, 2010, in Washington, DC, will provide recommendations to the Secretary, and the Office of Apprenticeship on a wide variety of issues, and offer advice on developing strategies that use the Registered Apprenticeship model to help fulfill Secretary Solis’s commitment to ensuring ‘good jobs for everyone’.  

In announcing the members of the ACA, Secretary Solis made the following statement:

"This administration is committed to building partnerships that strengthen our economy and create opportunities that lead to good jobs for everyone," said Secretary Solis. "I will look to the ACA for recommendations on increasing the use of Registered Apprenticeships as a means to develop career pathways for diverse populations in green construction, health care and other growing industries."

Click here to view the full news release.

We want to congratulate the new members!  We look forward to working with them as we continue advance Registered Apprenticeship to help U.S. workers access the very best in training and employment opportunities that offer good pay and long-term success.



Impact of Apprenticeship in the Federated States of Micronesia



The Federated State of Micronesia is comprised of the four Island states of the State of Kosrae, Yap, Chuuk and the Nation’s capital of Pohnpei. Similar to most nations, FSM has a preponderance of foreign workers within the nation. This is due to the lack of skilled local workers. An Education Summit was held at the College of Micronesia-FSM and increase in foreign workers issue was addressed.  The College of Micronesia being the only college in the FSM was tasked to provide the means to resolve this issue. Therefore as a means of resolution, the Registered Apprenticeship Program was identified and adopted to be use as one method of training and building the skills of the local labor to reduce the importation of foreign workers.


The Apprenticeship program has been utilizes in the past by our Government official as a means of training the local workforce. And many who successfully completed the program have become company supervisors and   several have even become company managers. These are results and evidence in which the Apprenticeship program was re-introduced. It has proven successful in the FSM.


Through Mr. Alfred Valles State Director of Apprenticeship and Training, the College of Micronesia –FSM became a Sponsor of the Apprenticeship Program. This was the first step taken to implement this program in the FSM. As recommended by Mr. Valles an  FSM Apprenticeship Coordinator was hired by the college to coordinate the program and an Apprenticeship Committee was formed to overlook the standards and the legitimacy of the program through out the FSM. The Apprenticeship Coordinator received Apprenticeship Coordinator’s training at the Hawaii office of Apprenticeship in Honolulu which certified him to administer and promote apprenticeship for the Federated States of Micronesia.  The  FSM Apprenticeship committee includes representatives from COM-FSM, Pohnpei State Government and Private Sectors.


A trip was taken to the other FSM States of Kosrae, Yap and Chuuk to promote and share the experiences that the apprenticeship program has provided to the state of Pohnpei. Without hesitation the government officials in all states visited, as well as the general population were all interested in implementing the program in their respective states. This is all due to the facts and successes produced in Pohnpei and of benefits the program has to offer everyone. As direct results of the promotions and visits, the program started out with one Sponsor and now has 6 sponsors as of today and more are in development. The current FSM sponsors registered by USDOL, Office of Apprenticeship are:


1.     Yap Public Service Corporation

2.     FSM Telecom

3.     Department of Pohnpei Public Safety

4.     Pohnpei Utilities Corp

5.     Pohnpei State Government

6.     College of Micronesia –FSM


All the sponsors have different occupations thus allowing us to address various trades hence building our skilled local labor force that will help supplant the foreign workers.


All that have successfully completed their apprenticeship training have received their journeyman certificate which clearly indicates that they are well trained and very skillful in their occupation. The training has given them the competency and skills to improve productivity on the job, received salary increases which is necessary for family welfare in these islands. They are providing the technical services that are beneficial to the community through a stable career. Compliments brought about since the adoption of the apprenticeship program has led me to conclude that there is nothing but positive impact since the implementation of this program.


At this time a proposal has been submitted to develop and implement an improved training pathway for high school graduates in Pohnpei State through the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship and College of Micronesia Technical and Trade Training Program.  It will provide a workable system to improve collaborations and coordination efforts between Pohnpei State Department of Education, College of Micronesia –FSM and the apprenticeship sponsors in Pohnpei, ensuring effective implementation of the USDOL Apprenticeship Program as proposed.


Grilly Jack

Apprenticeship Coordinator

College of Micronesia-FSM


Submitted to John Griffin by:  HawaiiPacific State Director Alfred B. Valles


Alfred B. Valles

State Director, Hawaii-Pacific 

Office of Apprenticeship, USDOL

300 Ala Moana Blvd.

Honolulu, HI 96850

Phn: (808) 541-2519




I grew up in southern Indiana surrounded by cornfields.  So on a recent road trip to Chicago, I was captivated by the wind turbine farms that have been strategically planted among the fields of corn.  This alternative, abundant energy source is the future and this video explains the art and science behind it.

It can take years to plan and engineer these state-of-the-art wind farms. It’s a problem-solving process that draws on an understanding of algebra, geometry, kinetic energy, electronics and just about everything in between in order to turn one of our most abundant natural resources into a viable business.

Do you have wind turbines in your neck of the woods?  If so, let us know where...

The Department of Energy today announced a series of public events to exchange information on the development of offshore wind energy in the United States.  In these events, Energy’s Wind and Water Power Program will outline the vision it has developed to guide the U.S. in creation of a world-leading offshore wind industry;  focusing on ways in which the various interested sectors (i.e. academia, industry, state and local governments, the public at large) can harmonize their efforts to address barriers to deployment.

During those meetings, and via emailed responses, the Program is welcoming comments from interested individuals on the draft document entitled: Creating an Offshore Wind Industry in the United States: A Strategic Work Plan for the United States Department of Energy, Fiscal Years 2011-2015

Comments are welcome through October 29, 2010. The first event was held in Washington D.C. on September 16. 

Future events:

September 21, 2010; Seminar entitled Creating an Offshore
Wind Industry in the United States: A National Vision and Call to
Action; Cleveland, Ohio;

September 28, 2010; Seminar entitled Creating an Offshore
Wind Industry in the United States: A National Vision and Call to
Action; Washington, DC.

Comments may be submitted electronically to

Click here for additional information on the meetings.