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Susan Symons forwarded me an article titled "What if a college education just isn't for everyone" by Marklein, USA Today.  

Marklein reports, "Long before President Obama vowed last year that America will 'have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world' by 2020, the premium placed on going to college was firmly embedded in the American psyche. ... And yet, there's an undercurrent of concern about a group of students - sometimes called 'the forgotten half,' a phrase coined 22 years ago by social scientists studying at-risk young people - who, for whatever reason, do not think college is for them." According to USA Today, what is "still getting lost, some argue, is that too many students are going to college not because they want to, but because they think they have to."  Do you think this is true?


Registered Apprenticeship in Colorado

Currently Colorado has 240 federally registered apprenticeship programs, as
Colorado is not represented by a State Approving Agency. Colorado has approximately 5000 Registered Apprentices, an all time low for the state. The current economy has been a major factor in the declining registrations, yet Colorado sponsors continue to provide training in more than 110 occupations, with advanced training for the Governor’s New Energy Economy initiative providing a new opportunity for many dislocated workers

January 13 – 15, 2009, fourteen Colorado representatives attended the Dallas Action Clinic, held in Addison, Texas. The participants represented the Colorado Workforce Investment system, Industry, employer associations, construction building trades and Registered Apprenticeship. As a result of the collaboration and fact finding in Dallas, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has directed personnel and resources toward the marketing and awareness of Registered Apprenticeship in the state. An example is the placement and training of an Apprenticeship Community Expert in each Workforce Center in the state. The results of the marketing and education will provide many apprenticeship opportunities for the Office of Apprenticeship when the work picks up.

Colorado is the recent recipient of two Department of Labor training grants: the State energy Training Partnership Grant, titled “Green Jobs for Coloradoans” , and the State Energy Sector Partnership Grant.


The Green Jobs for Coloradoans grant will provide renewable energy and energy efficiency training for approximately 2000 workers over the two-year life of the grant. All completers will receive third party certification from agencies such as the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. Partners in the grant are Registered Apprenticeship programs, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment workforce investment system, industry associations, and other certified training providers.


The State Energy Sector Partnership Grant will lead to employment in targeted industry sectors. The State Workforce Investment Board developed a statewide energy sector strategy through a comprehensive partnership and development of a Sector Plan. This Plan will aid in the development of a state workforce that is ready to meet the demands of the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries in Colorado.


State Director John Noon comprises the staff of the Office of Apprenticeship staff following the retirement of State Director Louis Nagel and ATR Louis Garcia in 2008.


Inquiries can be made to:

Charles “John”  Noon
State Director USDOL/OA
721 – 19th Street
Suite 465
Denver CO  80202
Phone: (303) 844-6362



Submitted by John Griffin

Apprenticeship Consultant


Check out this video sent in by Patricia Garcia- California Unions are building cleaner and smarter using Green Technology by investing in the future.  Thanks Patty for sharing!

ESAC Conference
Posted on March 18, 2010 by John Griffin
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  Dear Members of the Apprenticeship Community:


The Maine Planning Committee invites you to the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, May 24-27, 2010, to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the Eastern Seaboard Apprenticeship Conference (ESAC) and to receive the latest information on New Power, New Energy, and New Apprenticeships.  What better place to celebrate the oldest, continuous running apprenticeship conference than in Maine.



Join us on a three hour Dinner Cruise through Portland Harbor and watch the sunset and enjoy the lights of the city.  Participate in the dancing and just great fellowship with all your friends from past ESAC Conferences. Check out the numerous dining places on the waterfront and throughout the City of Portland.  Enjoy the shopping in nearby Freeport, Maine.  Stores like LL Bean and many other national outlet stores.


Join us for a conference promoting new aspects of apprenticeship as we explore the future needs of America.  ESAC 2010 will feature general sessions and workshops on new industry strategies and technologies such as wind, sea, and  water power, federal and state initiatives, revised federal rules and regulations, recruitment/training programs for non-traditional populations and military personnel; high impact regulatory and policy issues, ERISA, and higher education initiatives.


We look forward to seeing you there.





Don Berry


Maine State Apprenticeship & Training Council




The Eastern Seaboard Apprenticeship Conference (ESAC 2010) will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine from Monday May 24, 2010 through Thursday, May 27, 2010.  This conference offers an opportunity to increase your organization or company’s visibility and will give you access to a host of construction trades professionals.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DOES NOT INCLUDE HOTEL RESERVATIONS.Please make your room reservations directly with the Holiday Inn by the Bay at 1-800-345-5078. You must identify yourself as an ESAC 2010 participant to obtain the exceptional rate of $125.00 for single or double room per night by April 24, 2010.
You may register for ESAC 2010 online at


ESAC 2010 exhibitors will have exhibit access at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, May 24-27, 2010.  Each exhibitor has access to a single booth for the cost of $600.  Exhibit rental includes one 6- foot table, two chairs, and exhibit set-up and teardown. Exhibit rental does not include: signage, decoration, carpeting, guard/security services, and cleaning or janitorial services.  Click here if you wish to exhibit at ESAC 2010.
ESAC 2010 will be a very unique, exciting, and special conference for all its participants.  There are numerous special events being planned and in an effort to keep registration costs down, the Maine Planning Committee is seeking your financial assistance to realize these endeavors.
This is a traditional medium for apprenticeship programs, labor organizations, contractors and government agencies to advertise their specialties in the sponsorship pages in the conference booklet, which is also a great way to show your support for ESAC.  Submit your advertisement now. Don’t miss the opportunity to greet your colleagues, showcase your programs and to celebrate ESAC 2010.
Full and half page advertisements in black and white are available as are gold and silver page ads.  Contact Skip Hardt, ESAC Coordinator at 207-754-7484 or for sponsorship costs and registration questions.
Where Do You Stand?

Education and jobs are on the minds of nearly everyone throughout the country. Accordingly, there is no doubt that Congress has its hands full. Nonetheless, once health care has been dealt with, feelings are that things will move quickly on two very important issues near and dear to Registered Apprenticeship: ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act—revamping NCLB) and WIA (Workforce Investment Act). As post-secondary career and technical educators, Registered Apprenticeship programs are directly impacted by both of these laws.

Having just attended ACTE’s National Policy Seminar in Washington, DC (see link below), I can attest to the fact that Assistant Secretary of Labor, Jane Oates, assured the audience (made-up mostly of secondary CTE educators and some workforce development professionals from across the country) that Registered Apprenticeship is alive and well…standing ready to provide an “earn while you learn” experience for their graduates. However, we cannot and will not be effective in delivering on the Assistant Secretary’s promise if we do not support the feeder systems into our Registered Apprenticeship programs. Now is the time to take a stand by becoming active in an organization that further promotes linking secondary career and technical education graduates to our post-secondary Registered Apprenticeship programs (