Welcome!

News Feed Item

Training for the Future: Piping Professionals' Union and Washtenaw Community College Celebrate Major Milestone--and Prepare for the Future

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- One of the most successful skills training programs in North America will mark a major milestone this year at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) in Ann Arbor, MI. For the past 25 years, a partnership between the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters, Welders and HVACR Technicians (UA) and WCC has produced thousands of certified and internationally recognized instructors in the piping industry.

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140812/135670   

This milestone will be commemorated at a special ceremony on Wednesday, August 13, 7:30-8:30 a.m., in the Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150, at WCC. The college is located at 4800 E. Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor, MI. During this ceremony, the UA and WCC will sign a new 15-year contract.

"We value our relationship with Washtenaw Community College," said the UA's General President William P. Hite. "Their commitment to our program has allowed us to train instructors in new and innovative ways, thus allowing those instructors to return home better prepared to teach new generations of high skilled piping professionals."

This partnership, known officially in the industry as the UA's Instructor Training Program, came to WCC and Ann Arbor more than two decades ago. Now, every summer, thousands of instructors from all across North America, as well as Australia, come to the college to pursue their certification as instructors of apprentices and journeymen in the UA. This continues a tradition of more than 100 years of training in the UA that was significantly enhanced and expanded through the partnership with WCC.

The relationship between the UA and WCC has grown significantly over the past quarter century. Today, the UA maintains a full-time, year round presence at WCC with full time staff, through its Great Lakes Regional Training Center. Members of UA local unions from all across the U.S. come to the training center for specialized training throughout the year. This facility includes classroom and auditorium space, as well as hands-on labs and workshops in everything from a state of the art welding lab to rigging to heating and air conditioning. Most recently, GEM Energy of Walbrige, OH, designed and built WCC's first combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) system, and donated another micro-turbine to train future energy professionals at the Great Lakes facility. GEM Energy also donated a Capstone C30 micro-turbine for the UA's training program at WCC.

"We appreciate GEM Energy's enormous generosity," said General President Hite. "This is further evidence that strong partnerships like these are critical to training for the future."

The UA/WCC relationship also benefits the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti metro area significantly through the injection of significant revenue into the community during the weeklong event held in August each year. The UA has been recognized by the Washtenaw County Commissioners for the important economic contributions to the county. This presence of the UA in the county is so significant that last year the Board of Commissioners of Washtenaw County issued a proclamation honoring the program and noting that the economic impact of this one week is estimated to be nearly $5 million.

"We enjoy coming here each year," said General President Hite. "We receive a warm welcome from by the people of Washtenaw County each year, and it makes our busy time here much more enjoyable."

As the UA and WCC prepare to celebrate 25 years of partnership, the two parties are signing a new lease agreement to keep the program at WCC through 2028.

"We look forward to a continuing successful relationship in the years ahead," said General President Hite. "We are proud to call Washtenaw Community College our home."

About the United Association: The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada and Australia, AFL-CIO or "United Association" as it is commonly known, represents approximately 370,000 plumbers, pipe fitters, sprinkler fitters and service technicians in North America. For more information, please visit http://www.ua.org.

Media Contact: Chris Haslinger, International Training Fund, 419-308-6348, [email protected]

News distributed by PR Newswire iReach: https://ireach.prnewswire.com

SOURCE International Training Fund

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitrons Solutions will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Hitrons Solutions Inc. is distributor in the North American market for unique products and services of small and medium-size businesses, including cloud services and solutions, SEO marketing platforms, and mobile applications.
SYS-CON Events announced today that eCube Systems, a leading provider of middleware modernization, integration, and management solutions, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. eCube Systems offers a family of middleware evolution products and services that maximize return on technology investment by leveraging existing technical equity to meet evolving business needs. ...
SYS-CON Events announced today Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
Pulzze Systems was happy to participate in such a premier event and thankful to be receiving the winning investment and global network support from G-Startup Worldwide. It is an exciting time for Pulzze to showcase the effectiveness of innovative technologies and enable them to make the world smarter and better. The reputable contest is held to identify promising startups around the globe that are assured to change the world through their innovative products and disruptive technologies. There w...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Isomorphic Software will exhibit at DevOps Summit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Isomorphic Software provides the SmartClient HTML5/AJAX platform, the most advanced technology for building rich, cutting-edge enterprise web applications for desktop and mobile. SmartClient combines the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software with the simp...
With so much going on in this space you could be forgiven for thinking you were always working with yesterday’s technologies. So much change, so quickly. What do you do if you have to build a solution from the ground up that is expected to live in the field for at least 5-10 years? This is the challenge we faced when we looked to refresh our existing 10-year-old custom hardware stack to measure the fullness of trash cans and compactors.
Extreme Computing is the ability to leverage highly performant infrastructure and software to accelerate Big Data, machine learning, HPC, and Enterprise applications. High IOPS Storage, low-latency networks, in-memory databases, GPUs and other parallel accelerators are being used to achieve faster results and help businesses make better decisions. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at NVIDIA, focused on some of the unique ways extreme computing is...
The emerging Internet of Everything creates tremendous new opportunities for customer engagement and business model innovation. However, enterprises must overcome a number of critical challenges to bring these new solutions to market. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Martin, CTO/CIO at nfrastructure, outlined these key challenges and recommended approaches for overcoming them to achieve speed and agility in the design, development and implementation of Internet of Everything solutions wi...
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
With over 720 million Internet users and 40–50% CAGR, the Chinese Cloud Computing market has been booming. When talking about cloud computing, what are the Chinese users of cloud thinking about? What is the most powerful force that can push them to make the buying decision? How to tap into them? In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Yu Hao, CEO and co-founder of SpeedyCloud, answered these questions and discussed the results of SpeedyCloud’s survey.
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
Actian Corporation has announced the latest version of the Actian Vector in Hadoop (VectorH) database, generally available at the end of July. VectorH is based on the same query engine that powers Actian Vector, which recently doubled the TPC-H benchmark record for non-clustered systems at the 3000GB scale factor (see tpc.org/3323). The ability to easily ingest information from different data sources and rapidly develop queries to make better business decisions is becoming increasingly importan...
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportuni...
Qosmos has announced new milestones in the detection of encrypted traffic and in protocol signature coverage. Qosmos latest software can accurately classify traffic encrypted with SSL/TLS (e.g., Google, Facebook, WhatsApp), P2P traffic (e.g., BitTorrent, MuTorrent, Vuze), and Skype, while preserving the privacy of communication content. These new classification techniques mean that traffic optimization, policy enforcement, and user experience are largely unaffected by encryption. In respect wit...
Deploying applications in hybrid cloud environments is hard work. Your team spends most of the time maintaining your infrastructure, configuring dev/test and production environments, and deploying applications across environments – which can be both time consuming and error prone. But what if you could automate provisioning and deployment to deliver error free environments faster? What could you do with your free time?