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					                                             JOB CORPS
P A I N T E R S & A L L I E D T R A D E S

                                                    The IUPAT Job Corps Program is Making a Difference for Our Emp
                                                       “To every man, his chance.
                                                        To every man, regardless
                                                     of his birth, his shining golden
                                                          To every man the right
                                                     to live, to work, to be himself,
                                                      and to become whatever his
                                                      manhood and his vision can
                                                          combine to make him.
                                                       This, seeker, is the promise
                                                               of America.”
                                                               —Thomas Wolfe

                                                            resident Lyndon Baines Johnson
                                                            uttered these words on April
                                                            10, 1965 at the dedication of
                                                    the Gary Job Corps Center in San
                                                    Marcos, Texas. Just one year after he
                                                    signed the Job Corps program into
                                                    law as a part of his Great Society
                                                    Program, President Johnson stood in
                                                    that center surrounded by students,
                                                    instructors and fellow leaders who
                                                    were all believers in what the United
                                                    States could offer its youth in terms of
                                                    skills, education and, most of all,
                                                        The Job Corps program has since
                                                    trained and educated more than 2
                                                    million young men and women. The
                                                    International Union of Painters and
                                                    Allied Trades has been a part of the
                                                    program since 1969 when it signed
                                                    its contract with Job Corps to train our
                                                    youth at six centers around the coun-
                                                    try. Since then, the IUPAT program          is making certain our own union lead-   were between the ages of 16 and 24
                                                    has grown to be included in 58 Job          ers and employers realize what a        to seek out the program for a chance
                                                    Corps training centers where we             great asset the Job Corps program       at making a career for themselves.
                                                    instruct over 1,200 students annually.      can be for their own success.”             Today, the program doesn’t enjoy
                                                        “Job Corps and the IUPAT have                                                   such a level of celebrity endorsement
                                                    had a very productive relationship for      IDENTITY CRISIS                         and that lack of star power is unfortu-
                                                    the last 38 years and we plan making           Shortly after President Johnson      nate for not only the young men and
                                                    it stronger every year,” said Andrew        began his War on Poverty in the mid-    women who might not hear about this
                                                    Larson, national project coordinator        sixties, celebrities such as Jackie     opportunity to better their own future,
                                                    for the IUPAT Job Corps program.            Gleason and Johnny Unitas were          but also for businesses desperately
                                                    “Our first step in making that happen       heard on the radio urging those who     searching for a trained workforce.

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                                              DID YOU KNOW THAT GEORGE FOREMAN
                                              WAS A JOB CORPS STUDENT?

                                                 No, the program was not where he learned how to grill, but it was where he
                                              met Charles “Doc” Broadus, the man who taught him how to box. In 2004, he told
                                              National Public Radio the story of how he joined. “I heard about the Job Corps
                                              from the great Jimmy Brown who did a commercial that said, ‘If you’re looking
                                              for a second chance, join the Job Corps.’ Lyndon Johnson had started his War on
                                              Poverty in 1964, and in ’65 I joined the Job Corps in Oregon. I had three meals a
                                              day for the first time in my life. It took me about two months before I realized,
                                              hey, I can have breakfast every day. It changed my whole life.”

                                           every effort to expand our involvement
                                           because we believe it is an important
                                           part in growing our union.”
                                               Another factor affecting Job Corps
                                           is the common perception that the stu-
                                           dents in the program are considered
                                           “at risk youth” and will only bring
                                           problems to the job site. That’s just not
                                           the case according to Maurice Martel,
                                                                                           Job Corps students prove they have
      I think it’s important for us        an IUPAT instructor from the Schenck            what it takes on the job in South
                                           Job Corps Center in North Carolina.             Carolina.
    to be partners with Job Corps          “The truth is that a lot of students in
                                           Job Corps are there because they
   because the students who enter
                                           want to be and they come from all
      our apprenticeship program           walks of life,” said Martel.
                                               The reason the Job Corps program
   already have some training prior        is so important to the union and our
     to coming aboard and that is          employers is simple: training. “Not

                                           only are we training young men and
        beneficial to us in that           women in our crafts at 58 Job Corps
                                           training centers throughout the United
      they bring that to the job.          States,” explained Larson. “We can
             —Bob Kincaid                  also use those centers as satellite facil-
           Business Manager/               ities to train our current apprentices
                                           and journeyworkers. Basically, Job              Job Corps students literally reach new
                                                                                           heights on the job.
        IUPAT District Council 77          Corps increases the training capacity
                                           for the IUPAT Finishing Trades Institute
                                           (FTI).”                                      trades and our union with a firm foun-
  This is especially true for today’s          That means more instructors, equip-      dation of skills in our crafts, and that we
  booming construction industry.           ment and locations that are perhaps          have the opportunity to train more of
     “Job Corps, for whatever reason,      better suited for our membership to          our regular members in more places is
  became one of the best kept secrets in   travel to for regular apprenticeship         an incredible asset to our program,”
  the United States,” said James           training and journeyworker upgrade           said Dan Penski, director of the
  Williams, president of the IUPAT.        courses. “The fact that we are groom-        Finishing Trades Institute. “As we grow
  “Yet, our union has been making          ing a younger workforce to enter our         in Job Corps, so grows the FTI.”

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                                             JOB CORPS
P A I N T E R S & A L L I E D T R A D E S

                                                                                                                                              Newt Sayers of IUPAT Job Corps.
                                                                                                                                                  Sayers, a field coordinator for the
                                                                                                                                              Eastern United States, assembled a
                                                                                                                                              group of Job Corps students from
                                                                                                                                              around the region, found them hous-
                                                                                                                                              ing and placed them in the District
                                                                                                                                              Council 77 apprenticeship program to
                                                                                                                                              be fast tracked in industrial painting
                                                                                                                                              training. “Job Corps gave me a foun-
                                                                                                                                              dation and I built on the foundation,”
                                                                                                                                              said Ed Sturcken, a trainer with Local
                                                                                                                                              Union 1756. He, along with other
                                                                                                                                              trainers from the district council, gave
                                                                                                                                              the students the basic skills and safety
                                                                                                                                              training to take on the challenging job
                                                                                                                                              site Avalotis had waiting for them.
                                                                                                                                              Sturcken said that Job Corps made
                                                      IUPAT Business Representative Chuck Hill addresses some of the new apprentices during   these new apprentices different than
                                                                                                                                              someone who just came in off of the
                                                                                                                                              street looking for a job.
                                                    RESPONDING TO THE CALL                         business representative for Local              “These kids are more about knowl-
                                                       They may have some of the train-            Union 1756/District Council 77 in          edge than a paycheck,” he recalled.
                                                    ing, but are Job Corps students ready          Aiken, South Carolina received a call      “They thought of this as a career and
                                                    to man a job? Can they provide the             from Avalotis Painting. The company        that’s an important mindset to have
                                                    type and quality of work our employ-           was looking for industrial painters to     when you’re training someone. I can-
                                                    ers demand? The answer is yes and a            man a job in Cross at a power plant.       not tell you how rewarding it was. I’d
                                                    group of Job Corps students who                The remote location of the facility cou-   go home after a day of training and
                                                    found themselves in Cross, South               pled with the national shortage of         tell my wife that I’ve got these kids
                                                    Carolina proved it to one of the               men and women in the industrial            who are into what I’m into, they want
                                                    largest signatory employers in the             paint trade posed a problem for Hill.      to know how to do things. They really
                                                    IUPAT.                                         He didn’t have the workers that            want to learn.”
                                                       In the summer of 2006, Chuck Hill,          Avalotis needed. So, he turned to              “In Job Corps they’re getting

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                                                                  They are walking on
                                                                  pipes, crawling               EMPLOYERS – HIRING JOB
                                                                  across steel. It is very      CORPS STUDENTS CAN
                                                                  intense work. We’ve           EARN YOU A TAX CREDIT
                                                                  stayed on schedule
                                                                  with a great qual-            The Work Opportunity
                                                                  ity of work. That’s           Tax Credit – WOTC
                                                                  pretty amazing for               IUPAT Job Corps students are some
                                                                  these kids.”                  of the best trained and most highly
                                                                      “The way this sit-        skilled young men and women in the
                                                                  uation worked out             country. Each student holds the
                                                                  for Avalotis and the          promise of a bright future as a union
                                                                  IUPAT is a terrific           member and expert craftsperson. And,
                                                                  example of just how
                                                                                                one more advantage to your business
                                                                  valuable Job Corps
                                                                                                when you hire a Job Corps student is
                                                                  can be to our entire
  Above, Instructor Ed                                                                          the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
                                                                  union,” said Larson.
  Sturcken, left, gives some                                                                       The Work Opportunity Tax Credit
  instruction to his students                                     “After our success
  during industrial painting                                      with this project in          (WOTC), authorized by the Small
  training.                                                                                     Business Job Protection Act of 1996,
                                                                  South Carolina, I
                                                                  expect that we’ll be          is a federal tax credit that encourages
           Right, Ken Allen, site                                 putting students into         employers to hire nine targeted
                   manager for
                                                                  apprenticeship pro-           groups of job seekers by reducing
            the Avalotis project
              in Cross, is proud                                  grams where they’re           employers’ federal income tax
                  of the success                                  needed in other               liability by as much as $2,400 per
              they’ve had with
                                                                  parts of the country,         qualified new worker.
                      Job Corps.
                                                                  and      even         in         For more information on the
                                                                  Canada. We’ve                 Work Opportunity Tax Credit,
instruction on how to work on a job           shown that our kids have the skills and
                                                                                                contact the IUPAT Job Corps
site, how important it is to be there on      discipline to be a real asset on the job
                                                                                                Program at 202-637-0742. Or, visit
time, the safety training they need           site.”
                                                                                                the U.S. Department of Labor Web
and how to communicate. So, when

                                                                                                site at
they come to an actual job site,              IT’S NOT JUST THE UNION AND
they’ve got an edge over some of our          EMPLOYERS WHO GAIN SOMETHING
apprentices,” added Hill.                        Above all, in success stories such          said Robert Thomas. “I thought this
    Ken Allen, site manager for Avalotis      as the one in Cross, South Carolina,           would just be a regular job. Turned
at the power plant project agreed that        the mission of Job Corps is carried out        out that it wasn’t.”
Job Corps made a difference in getting        for the people it is most intended – the           Perhaps Travis Mitchell said it best
these new apprentices on the site             students.                                      for all of them. “I’m really excited on
ready. “They want to be here. They are           After almost a year in Cross, Robert        the inside. It’s a goal that I accom-
eager to learn,” Allen said. “My suc-         Johnson said he is feeling good about          plished. Mostly I’m proud of myself
cess rate is 80 percent, which I think is     what he accomplished. “I’ve got my             because I showed myself that I could
pretty high for apprentices considering       education, my craft and a trade.”              do it.”
the type of work we do.”                         James Nelson has been on the job                You can learn more about what the
    And that work is definitely challeng-     in South Carolina for just under a             Job Corps program can offer your dis-
ing. “It’s pretty much everything under       year. “My future now is great. Every           trict council or business by contacting
the industrial spectrum,” Allen said. “It’s   day I learn new things. I plan on mov-         IUPAT National Project Coordinator
95 percent spray work on swing stages,        ing up in the job.”                            Andrew Larson at 202-637-0742 or
spider baskets, up to 125 foot JLG’s.            “I love the work, doing what I do,”         by email at

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