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Building our Future with Skills USA

When it comes to recruiting the best & brightest apprentices, hosting Skills USA competitions all over Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio is a great place to start. The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters hosted Skills USA competitions in Richfield, Rossford, Columbus, Monroe, Merrillville, and Greenwood. More competitions are scheduled in Kentucky in the coming weeks as well.

SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

Contestants frame walls using wood and/or steel studs, cut and install rafters, gable end overhangs, fascia board, and soffit installation, install sheathing and/or exterior siding and trim. Contestants are judged on accuracy, ability to read and interpret blueprints, workmanship, safety and the proper use of tools, equipment, and materials.

Congratulations to all contests participants and the winners who advance to their state finals.

Richfield

On Friday, 02/21/2020, the Richfield Training Center hosted the North Central Regional SkillsUSA Carpentry competition.  The contest showcased 10 high school carpentry students, representing 8 different high schools and joint vocational programs.  While the contestants were hard at work, Richfield Instructors, Apprentices, and IKORCC Business Reps gave tours to the spectators, family members, fellow students, and Career Tech teachers that came to support their contestants.  At the end of the competition, the students’ work was scored by Richfield Instructors David Knight and Joe Mursencavage.  The scores were announced to the crowd of about 85 spectators, with the top three finishers advancing to the Ohio SkillsUSA State Competition, which will be held on 04/07/2020, at the Columbus Convention Center.

1st Place was Blake Yates from Wayne County Career Center

2nd Place was Alex Jutte from Lorain County JVS

3rd Place was Nathan Coudriet from Cuyahoga Valley Career Center

The following schools had contestants entered the event:

Wayne County Career Center, Lorain County JVS, Mayfield/Excel TECC, Medina County Career Center, Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Maple Heights High School, and Polaris Career Center.

Rossford

First place – Matthew Sayers with Tri-Rivers Career Center
Second place – Mark Rice with Vantage Career Center
Third place – Jeffery Flory Jr with Penta Career Center
Fourth place – Matthew Chappell with VSCTC – Sentinel Campus

Columbus

1stPlace – Cameron Grimes, Jefferson County JVS

2nd Place – Derrick Dunlap, Buckeye Career Center

3rd Place – William Langley, Mideast Career Center

4th Place – Shawn Nethers, C-Tect

Columbus/ South Central Regional Winners

1st Place – Javen Kohn, Pike County JVS

2nd Place – Abigail Averwater, US Grant JVS

3rd Place – Devin Mays, Southern Hills

4th Place – Bryon Frye, Scioto CCTC

Monroe

Congratulations to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from Diamond Oaks Career Center, Scarlet Oaks Career Center, and Butler Tech-Northwest High School. Good luck at the SkillsUSA State Competition in April. A special thanks to this year’s judges also, Joe Pittman Sr., Scott Fletcher, Todd Bluss, and Jeff Schlarman.

Greenwood

Aldo Jara – Area 31

Davis Beckham – Central 9

Charles Held – Central 9

Jackson Paris – Central 9

Ignacio Andres – Richmond

Merrillville

Check out the great video created by Hammond School’s Multi-Media Broadcast Class showcasing the Skills USA competition in Merrillville.

 

 

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New Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunity in Ohio

It’s even easier than ever to get started in a new career. The Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is offering a new direct-entry pre-apprenticeship program at no cost.

This 40-hour class offered during evenings or weekends acts as a condensed orientation into carpentry, millwright, pile driving, and floor covering careers.  Enrolling now for classes beginning in March, Pre-Apprentices will learn to use power tools in a safe manner and will receive college credit for the hours.

Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program will be offering these classes statewide.  Training centers are located around the state near Columbus, Toledo, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, OH. The class is designed to offer an option to work around a full-time job and test out a new career path. Upon competition of the pre-apprenticeship, participants receive direct entry into the IKORCC apprenticeship.

This new program is designed to create flexibility for working adults.  For those who may want try out the trades or who just aren’t able to quit their day-job yet, this evening and weekend option is a great opportunity.  For more information on this program, please contact your local training center.

 

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Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) represents over 35,000 men and women tradespeople in 40 locals in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and parts of West Virginia and Tennessee. A proud affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, which has a century-plus tradition of representing the best of building trades.

The apprenticeship is a four-year program that offers a solid education, in the classroom and on the job. Apprentices learn from a hands-on approach within the training centers and in the field. We take an “earn-as-you-learn” approach to our apprenticeship, ensuring you can earn a good, living wage with benefits for your family – right from the start.

IKORCC apprenticeships offer a direct path to a rewarding career and a financially solid future. Financial security, high demand careers, pride in your skills, and a sense of community: the IKORCC apprenticeship delivers it all in a comprehensive, highly respected program. 

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Cincinnati Carpenters Help Orphans

Locals 2 & 1090 Help Orphans at Christmas

Cincinnati Carpenters Help OrphansThis holiday season Locals 2 and 1090 in Cincinnati made sure no child was left behind. As part of their ongoing partnership with St. Joseph’s Orphanage, IKORCC carpenters and millwrights made sure kids in the home had something to wake up to this Christmas.

The orphanage often gets toy donations for the younger kids but struggles when it comes to making teens’ wishes come true. That’s where IKORCC members stepped in to help. Locals 2 and 1090 donated a total of $1,000 to help.

Items on the teen girl’s wish list included nail polish, art supplies, Bath and Bodyworks lotions, and headphones. The boys asked for sporting equipment, footballs, basketballs, and headphones. This is the third year Cincinnati members have made sure all the kids at St. Joseph’s had something to open.

“A lot of people think orphanages don’t exist anymore or they don’t realize there are still kids in these places. We don’t want them to be forgotten. Most importantly, we want the kids to know people care about them,” said Chris Lamantia, a business representative with the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters.

In 2019, Cincinnati-area members have taken St. Joseph’s kids to see the Cincinnati Reds, to Kings Island, and invited them to their annual summer picnic.

St. Joseph’s Orphanage serves children and families in 10 counties across Southwest Ohio and operates offices in Cincinnati (Hamilton County), Dayton (Montgomery County), and Fairfield (Butler County). Since their founding 190 years ago, they remain dedicated to building hope and strengthening lives as they support children and families on their journey to hope and healing. St. Joseph’s provides comprehensive behavioral health and educational treatment services to more than 4,300 children and families each year, many of whom have experienced neglect, abuse, or other forms of trauma. To learn more visit www.stjosephorphanage.org.

Rossford Campus Wins Veteran’s Award

Rossford Carpenters win awardThe Rossford IKORCC campus works hard to honor military veterans. This year that hard work helped them win a national award from the Veterans Health Administration for their Community Partnership Challenge. The Rossford campus partnered with the Toledo V.A. Clinic for the Helmets to Hardhats program. Helmets to Hardhats helps military veterans get back to work quickly after service.

 

“These veterans tend to be natural leaders and end up as foremen and superintendents. As they go through their careers, they bring more veterans in. We’d like to have a nice flow of veterans coming into our program every year,” said Mike Gibson, a senior representative at the Rossford campus.

Thanks to the recruitment of veterans and other hard workers, membership in Locals 351, 372, 744, and 1090 has grown more than 120 members since last year. Even with the growth, the Rossford-area still needs experienced help. Business representatives are actively recruiting at job fairs, career days, and visiting trade schools to create connections.

The work outlook is good with several large projects in the works, including the Lucas Convention Center, a new Hyatt Hotel, Park Inn Hotel renovation, I-75 DiSalle Bridge replacement, Amazon Fulfillment project, Interstate Chemical, and Cleveland Cliffs.

To protect market share, business representatives are actively fighting tax fraud in the Rossford-area. Banners at several sites have led to meetings with city councils, tax departments, permit and zoning departments, and mayors. Several politicians joined business representatives for job site visits and were able to see the 1099 and cash abuse first-hand. Thanks to these efforts, Toledo is considering individual carpenter licensing with testing to help limit 1099 abuse.

Open Houses Bring 6,000 Students to IKORCC

6,000 – that’s the number of people who attended IKORCC open houses in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. In a whirlwind month of open houses,  high school students and community leaders visited training centers in Greenwood, Warsaw, Terre Haute, Newburgh, Merrillville, Louisville, Grayson, Columbus, Monroe, Rossford, and Richfield.

 “I was considering becoming an electrician, but after I learned about the millwrights I changed my mind. I can’t wait to get started,” a high school senior at the Merrillville, Indiana open house said.

This high school senior summed it up perfectly. At the Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters we know that once students see our training in-person and learn more about the program, joining the apprenticeship is a no-brainer.

Students Get Hands-On Experience

Students particularly enjoyed the hands-on activities including virtual welding, nail challenge, and the floor covering challenge. Next year training centers plan to add a hands-on ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assesment) challenge which will teach students the importance of using barriers during construction in medical facilities to protect patients.

According to the Department of Labor, careers in skilled trades like carpentry, flooring, and welding are in high demand and the need for skilled workers will continue to rise with coming infrastructure improvements. This fact was evident in Grayson, Kentucky on Thursday when over 1,200 students visited the Grayson, Kentucky training center open house.

High Demand Jobs in Skilled Trades Help Boost Attendance

Over 30 busses lined the drive to the Grayson, Kentucky training center where students learned about our apprenticeship, participated in hands-on activities and met with contractors ready-to-hire.

“We have a great partnership with all of the local schools and a lot of people in Grayson work in the trades, so students understand the great life they can have with a career in our trades. Getting them out here to see it first-hand solidifies that idea and gets them ready to start their apprenticeship right after high school,” says IKORCC Senior Business Representative Jerry Yates.

Richfield, Ohio also had a very large turnout with 1100 attendees getting to see additional areas of our crafts, including millwork, pile driving, cabinetry, furniture making, stairs, and ceiling work.

“Work is so good here and word of that really alerts people to the fact that there are bonafide opportunities here. In this part of Ohio, we’ve got the majority of Ohio’s career connection partner schools, and these schools want their students to see what the next step is and that is our apprenticeship,” says Dan Sustin, training director for the Richfield Carpenters Training Center Campus.

 

Thank you to all the students, teachers, community leaders, politicians, vendors, contractors, and staff that helped make this year our most successful yet! Check out all the photos & videos from each open house by following the links below:

Indiana

Greenwood Carpenters Training Center

Merrillville Carpenters Training Center

Newburgh Carpenters Training Center

Terre Haute Carpenters Training Center

Warsaw Carpenters Training Center

Kentucky

Louisville Carpenters Training Center

Grayson Carpenters Training Center

Ohio

Columbus Carpenters Training Center

Monroe Carpenters Training Center

Richfield Carpenters Training Center

Rossford Carpenters Training Center

 

Learn more about our apprenticeship and how to apply here. 

Apprentice Spotlight: Savannah Engelman Forges Her Own Path

Savannah Engelman Signing DaySavannah Engelman, named after her grandpa’s favorite fishing spot, is an ambitious, young apprentice rising quickly. Savannah, a Spencer, Ohio native, is a carpentry apprentice at the Richfield Training Center and is only 18 years old. Her parents, in conjunction with the high school and Lorain County JVS, worked with the Richfield Training Center to get her enrolled in the apprenticeship program.

Savannah toured Lorain County JVS as a freshman and felt blown away by all the career choices she had. The tour showed she had many possible career paths. Savannah is an honors student and most people in her life believed she would attend a traditional college after high school.

Some teachers even tried to discourage her from leaving that path to find her own. Thanks to her strong will and supportive parents, Savannah tried four trades for a preliminary period and fell in love with carpentry. Savannah’s mom marched to the school and advocated on her behalf to sign for enrollment in the carpentry program at Lorain County JVS.

Savannah is very organized. Before graduation, her typical week had her fluctuating between high school, JVS, apprenticeship, work, and clubs. She’s also perfecting her cabinet making skills and participated at the state level in the Skills USA competition. Her high school and JVS work together to help Savannah make up hours when she is in the apprenticeship.

“Savannah has completed three classes so far at Richfield and not only has perfect attendance and a 4.0 GPA, but has a great attitude that proves to be contagious in each class she takes. We are looking at an apprentice that is going places,” says Dan Sustin, training coordinator at the Richfield Carpenters Training Center.

Savannah also works two days a week as an intern for RGI where, among other things, she cut all the pieces of the toolbox kits for IKORCC’s event at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. She likes the flexibility of RGI but would eventually like to work outside. With RGI for Safety Week, Savannah helped build a replica of a fire station.

When she graduated high school this May, she was well on her way to finishing her first year of apprenticeship. So far, Savannah has completed Hand and Power Tools, Metal Studs & Drywall, and is about to start Concrete Footers & Wall Forms. She says she loves the Richfield Center.

“He’s encouraging and answers every question with no judgment. He was instrumental in getting me organized with all of my school this year,” Savannah says of Dan Sustin.

A wild Friday night for Savannah includes baking chocolate chip cookies (what she was doing as we talked) and meeting up with her boyfriend to muck horse stalls together. If that doesn’t say romance, I don’t know what does. When she does have free time, Savannah likes to go camping with her family at Wills Creek near Coshocton, Ohio.

Savannah’s ambition will serve not just her, but all of us. She is just one example of the extremely talented apprentices at the Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters.

Building Healthcare Partners at AIA Ohio Conference

In early October 2018, the Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) was a Platinum Sponsor at the AIA Ohio Convention in Toledo, Ohio. AIA Ohio is part of the elite society of the American Institute of Architects. The society shares similar concentrations to the IKORCC. Both organizations are working to produce positive legislative and governmental development in licensing requirements and construction appropriations.

IKORCC’s very own, Jay Patz, Instructor from Northwest Indiana, spoke in a breakout session highlighting ICRA patient safety in facilities. Jay shared astonishing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control regarding hospital associated infections. Those statistics included information about patients who survived infection to those infections that led to death. Within the scope of those statistics, 5,000 of patients lost their lives due to a construction related hospital associated infection.  

It is IKORCC’s goal to open the line of communication for pre-planning opportunities. Jay showed that this level of communication will allow for patient safety to be the number one priority, and increase the effectiveness of the architect and workers on the jobsite.

Keynote Speaker, Coren Sharples, founding partner of SHoP Architects, wowed her audience with new unconventional ways to approach design. Her designs focus on the beautifully practical. The future holds learning opportunities for IKORCC apprentices and the Council at large. The convention was capped with many educational avenues with which the Council can engage.

Carpenters Help Portsmouth Family Build Future

Carpenters not only helped build a home in Portsmouth last weekend, they also helped a family build a solid foundation for their future. 

Nearly a dozen members of Carpenter’s Local 437 helped Scioto County Habitat for Humanity build a home for a family in Ohio. Carpenters set the trusses and completed the roof in only five hours!

“When God blesses you with a skill, it’s always good to bless back,” says member Mike Slack Sr., who ventured out of retirement to lend a hand to his local.

Member and Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters Business Agent Trampas Puckett said, “Carpenters are all about building our communities, this was a perfect way to help a deserving family build their future.”

The Scioto County Habitat for Humanity thanked the carpenters. “A very special thank you to the local Carpenters Union #437 for putting in a long, hot day helping us.”