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Aug. 15, 2014: UA, College Sign 15-Year Contract Extension for Instructor Training Program

Training Program Is Also Celebrating Its 25th Anniversary on WCC Campus

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinkler Fitters, Welders and HVAC Technicians (UA) and Washtenaw Community College (WCC) announced the signing of a 15-year contract extension for UA’s Instructor Training Program (ITP) during a ceremony on the WCC campus. The announcement was made by UA General President William P. Hite and WCC President Dr. Rose Bellanca.

The UA’s Instructor Training Program is considered one of the most successful skills training programs in North America. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the UA/WCC partnership.

Each August, the partnership brings instructors of the skilled trades (welders, plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters, and HVAC technicians) together from across the world to train their peers in the most contemporary skill sets.

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 through its Great Lakes Regional Training Center. This facility includes classroom and auditorium space, as well as hands-on labs and workshops in everything from welding to rigging to heating and air conditioning.

“We could not be more proud of this milestone anniversary and contract extension,” said Bellanca. “Because of our partnership with the UA, literally thousands of instructors have taught other instructors the latest in teaching techniques and technologies using our state-of-the-art facilities.”

“By hosting this instructor training program, we each play a vital role in training workers with the skills that employers are demanding. The goal is to connect ready-to-work employees with ready-to-be-filled jobs,” Bellanca concluded.

“We value our relationship with Washtenaw Community College,” said 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.”

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

For more information, visit www.ua.org.

Publication date: 8/11/2014

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