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CISCO Announces Onset of Project of the Year Awards – Application Deadline Dec. 5, 2018

CISCO’S Project of the Year Award is kicking off its 14th year of accepting applications for some of the best construction projects of the past 18 months. The award gives general contractors, owners, engineers and architects a chance to submit projects in six different categories that include the areas of new construction, renovation/rehabilitation, residential construction and infrastructure.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. For more information, contact Gary Karafiat, Director of Communications & Public Affairs at 630.472.9411 or via email: gary@cisco.org. To download the application form, just click here.

National Apprenticeship Week – Nov. 12th – 18th -Featuring Three Open Houses

Thus far, as part of National Apprenticeship Week, three different trades are holding Open Houses to show off their training facilities:

1) Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters (CRCC) will host a two-day Open House on November 14 & 15, 2018 beginning at 5:30 p.m. each night. The event will feature a facility tour and then a presentation about the CRCC’s successful registered apprenticeship program. Tours start at 5:30 p.m. with the last tour set to begin at 6:10 p.m. The main presentation is scheduled from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. To register for the event, visit www.chicap.org.

2) Plumbers Local 130 invite you to learn how the plumber protects the health of the nation! The local and the Joint Apprenticeship Committee will host an Open House on Monday, November 12 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at 1400 W. Washington Blvd. in Chicago (cross street – Loomis).

3) Painters District Council No. 30 will also host an Apprenticeship Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at their Training Center, 1905 Sequoia Drive in Aurora.
You will have an opportunity to meet and greet with PDC 30 leaders, instructors and apprentices to learn more about the career opportunities available in this trade.

Nine Schools Attend Hands On Expo at Oak Park River Forest HS

With 7 building trades representatives on hand, CISCO orchestrated another successful Hands On Expo as nearly 100 students from nine different area high schools attended a two-session all-day event in Oak Park.

Students from Proviso West and East, Riverside-Brookfield and Ridgewood High Schools were present in the morning, followed by Oak Park-River Forest, East and West Leyden and Elmwood park High Schools in the afternoon.  They got a chance to talk to Apprentice Coordinators and instructors from the Boilermakers, Bricklayers, Carpenters, Laborers, Operating Engineers Local 150, Painters and Roofers Local 11.  To view all the pictures, click here.








CISCO and Building Trades Attend St. Leonard’s Career Fair

St. Leonard’s Ministries, located in Chicago’s West Side, held a Construction Skills Training Program & Career Fair recently that enabled residents to gain information about careers in the union building trades.

Apprenticeship Coordinators and instructors from the Bricklayers, Carpenters, Electricians, Laborers, Painters and Decorators, and Roofers provided information to residents on what is required, and how to be successful when applying into one of these apprenticeship programs.

The Career Fair was a helpful supplement to St. Leonard’s Construction Skills Program, which goes beyond career readiness and includes basic and advanced training skills in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical areas, as well as math curriculum.  For more pictures, click here.

CISCO Enjoys Another Successful Outing – Raises Nearly $3,000 for Charity

CISCO’s Annual Golf Outing was another big hit as the previous week’s rain moved out and delivered perfect weather, and the icing on the cake was a full house of golfers, who not only had fun, but generously contributed nearly $3,000 to the designated charity – Gateway to Learning – a special education and training center that provides services for individuals with intellectual disabilities.














As the photos above show, there was plenty of fun on the course, and numerous raffle prizes after lunch.  To view more outing pictures, just click here.

ACE Amandla Charter High School Seeking To Fill Two Positions


ACE Amandla Charter High School is seeking a dedicated leader to serve as the Career Pathway Liaison in the College and Career Department.  This position requires a professional who understands and sees the benefits of a career in architecture, engineering, construction management and the apprenticeable trades.  ACE is seeking an individual that collaborates well with others and can manage both details and relationships.

To read the job description, qualifications required and other details about the position, click here.


ACE Amandla Charter High School is also looking fill the position of Building Trades Teacher. ACE Amandla is a new school on the south side of Chicago that invites energetic and committed educators to apply to the position of Founding Teacher.  ACE is looking for individuals who possess outstanding instructional and analytical skills and who are collaborative, creative and willing to give 100% to co-create a school that is truly unique and transformational for students.

To read the job description, qualifications required and other details about the position, click here.

More Than 100 Residents Attend Hazel Crest Skilled Career Fair

More than 100 Hazel Crest residents flocked to its Municipal Center to meet apprenticeship coordinators and instructors at an informational career fair jointly conducted by CISCO and the Village of Hazel Crest.





In the photo above, CISCO’s Director of Education-to-Careers Johnetta Ryan greets Hazel Crest Mayor Vernard Alsberry Jr. (left) and Police Chief Mitchell Davis.

The following photos are a small sample that demonstrate how residents met with building trades representatives to learn more about the trades.   To view a video produced of the event, click here.



















To view more photos, click here.

Hands-On Expo With CHA Residents Draws Two Days of Big Turnout

Back-to-back days with CHA residents drew about 250 participants as CISCO, the Chicago & Cook County Building Trades and the Chicago Housing Authority recently held its third overall Hands-On Expo at the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters satellite Apprenticeship & Training Center in Chicago; as part of a unique Project Labor Agreement designed to recruit CHA residents into the building trades’ apprenticeship programs.

Last year, the three organizations partnered with two separate events last summer and saw a total of 400 residents come through the doors.  Last week’s two-day event saw 12 trade representatives set up to show residents some of their common everyday tools and tasks and let residents get a feel for the work.

The following photos are just a small sample of how the residents interacted and learned about the various trades.













To view more pictures from both days, click here.

“Right To Work” (For Less) Is WRONG And It Hurts Working Families!

“Right to Work” is a false phrase – a misunderstanding-by-design piece of legislation that is intended to cripple labor-advocating unions but more specifically, harm workers by shrinking workplace wages, reducing and even eliminating benefits, diminishing job site safety, and stripping the ability of workers to collectively improve their workplaces.  To learn more about the devastating effects of Right To Work (for less) legislation, click here.




GLCA Recognizes CISCO’s Johnetta Ryan With Lifetime Achievement Award

The Great Lakes Construction Association (GLCA) recognized CISCO’s Director of Education-to-Careers Johnetta Ryan with the prestigious Robert W. MacGruder Lifetime Achievement Award recently at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills, Illinois.  Pictured above (from left) are Dan Allen, CISCO Executive Director; Tim Marabella, GLCA Executive Director; Johnetta Ryan; and CISCO Board Members Jim Allen and S.J. Peters.  Peters is CISCO’s Board Vice President.

“Johnetta has been guiding students to our union trade apprentice programs and promoting careers in union construction via workshops, career fairs and presentations in Illinois for almost 20 years.”

Robert W. MacGruder was Executive Vice President of the Lake County Contractor’s Association (GLCA predecessor) from 1973-1996 before his death in March of 2017.

Michael T. Carrigan Honored With World Peace Prize

Michael T. Carrigan, President of the Illinois AFL-CIO received the World Peace Prize “Roving Ambassador For Peace” Award at a cermony before 100 guests at the Laborers’ Chicago District Council headquarters in Burr Ridge.

The ceremony was conducted by two members of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council – Chairperson Barbara Flaherty, Corporate Manager-Judge, and Fr. Sean McManus, Chief Judge. 

In the photos above, Barbara Flaherty and Fr. McManus award President Carrigan with the Roving Ambassador medallion and present him an honorary plaque recognizing the achievement.

CISCO Scholarship Program Launches – Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2019 

CISCO is now accepting applications for its 2019 Scholarship Program.  The three different categories enable a wider range of students of both union building trade members and union contractor employees to apply.

CISCO offers (3), four-year scholarships to high school seniors; (2), two-year awards for seniors planning on attending a community college; and (2), two-year continuing education awards to union members or contractor employees.

All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by February 22, 2019.  For more details, click here.  To download the applications, click on the following category options: 1) Four-Year for Seniors; 2) Two-Year Community College for Seniors; 3) Two-Year Continuing Education.

Lifesaving Efforts Recognized During Ceremony

John Norling (left) of Carpenter’s Local 272 and Cesar De Alba (right) of Laborers’ Local 2 were formally recognized for their life-saving measures on behalf of Kevin McLaughlin (center), an electrician with Lyons-Pinner Electric in Lyons, Illinois.

The ceremony, held at the IBEW Local 134 Hall, was led by CISCO Board Member Gary Misicka, who is President and General Manager of Lyons-Pinner.

Fortunately for McLaughlin, Laborer Cesar De Alba was working in the same room when he was electrocuted. “He had slumped over a pipe below the board he was working on, and his weight was too much for me to pull him off of the pipe, so I called out for someone, and John helped me,” De Alba said.

The two men then called 911 and began performing CPR, which kept Kevin alive until the paramedics arrived.  “I never had to do this before,” Norling said. “The attention is a bit overwhelming, but it is nice to be recognized. Fortunately it worked out well for Kevin.”

Several speakers, including representatives of the American Heart Association, stressed the importance of CPR training, and the need to take action when a crisis occurs.

Big Turnout for 3rd Breaking Boundaries Event at Lake Park HS

Approximately 180 people attended the third in a series of events called Breaking Boundaries, that explores the personal and financial benefits of women moving into nontraditional fields at Lake Park High School.

This installment featured keynote speaker Kayleen McCabe (above photo) of the DIY Network’s Rescue Renovation followed by an Employer & Career Path Showcase.  More than 20 employers/vendors/building trades organizations were on hand.  A few pictures are below, and click here for more photos.






























IMSCA Recognizes Legislators of the Year

IMSCA, the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) recently honored Illinois Senator John Mulroe and House Assistant Majority Leader Luis Arroyo for their work in passing SB 3052.  The event was held at Carnivale restaurant in Chicago and was attended by around 50 IMSCA members and construction industry leaders. 

In the photo above are (from left) IMSCA General Counsel James Rohlfing, Leader Luis Arroyo, IMSCA Executive Director Jessica Newbold, Senator John Mulroe and NECA-NEIL’s Giuseppe Muzzupappa.

Chicago Builds Trade Program Added to Prosser High School

The two-year-old Chicago Builds Trade Program has added a second location – at Prosser Career Academy High School on the city’s northwest side.  The announcement was made at a press conference today at the high school as Mayor Rahm Emanuel took to the podium in front of labor leaders, building trades representatives, students, teachers and elected officials.

Chicago Builds focuses on teaching students skills in General Construction, Carpentry, Electricity, Welding and Heating/Cooling (HVAC).  The program is a two-year construction training program for 11th and 12th grade CPS students who are interested in pursuing a career in the union construction fields.














IBEW Local # 9 Holds Grand Opening for New Facility






IBEW Local #9 unveiled its new facility in University Park yesterday as IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson (second from right) was the keynote speaker. Also pictured from left are: Local 9 Business Rep John Burkard; Scott Becker, President, John Burns Construction; and Nick Burkard, retired Local 9 Business Manager.

The theme of the Grand Opening was “Educating the Workforce of Tomorrow.” The event highlighted the programs and services Local 9 provides to allow it to tackle tomorrow by training today. After the ceremony, a behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities was provided. In May, the new facility was recognized with the Chicago Building Congress’ 2018 Merit Award.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Operating Engineers Local 150 – Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Repair Technician, Geothermal Well Driller and Construction Material Inspector

An application can be requested  in person at one of our 9 offices during the scheduled dates and times listed below.  A $25 application fee per program will be required at the time of request in the form of a money order only, made payable to “Local 150 Apprenticeship Fund.”  Please note: All applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.  This address on your driver’s license MUST MATCH the address on your application.

Minimum Qualifications are as follows:

  1. At least 18 uears of age.
  2. Must have graduated high school or obtained a GED.  The applicant will provide a high school transcript for evaluation purposes.
  3. Be a resident of the geographical jurisdiction of Local 150.
  4. A valid driver’s license and the maintenance of such are required at the time of selection.
  5. A statement from a licensed physician stating physical ability to perform the work of the trades will be required 30 days after being indentured into the program.
  6. Must be able to read, write and speak the English language.
  7. Required to undergo drug testing.

Schedule of Dates, Times and Locations:

District 1: 6200 Joliet Rd., Countryside, IL 60525; Nov. 1st & 20th; Noon – 5 pm.

District 2: 1050 N. I-55 E. Frontage Rd., Joliet, IL 60431; Nov. 2nd & 16th; Noon – 5 pm.

District 3: 28874 Route 120, Lakemoor, IL 60050; Nov. 5th & 14th; Noon – 5 pm.

District 4: 4477 Linden Rd., Rockford, IL 61109; Nov. 7th & 27th; Noon – 5 pm.

District 5: 740 E. US Route 6, Utica, IL 61373; Nov. 8th & 19th; Noon – 5 pm.

District 6: 1001 Michigan St., Lakeville, IN 46536; Nov. 12th & 26th; Noon – 5 pm.

District 7: 2193 W. 84th Pl., Merrillville, IN 46410; Nov. 6th & 28th; Noon – 5 pm.

District 8: 3511 78th Avenue West, Rock Island, IL 61201; Nov. 15th & 29th; Noon – 5 pm.

Training Center: 19800 W. South Arsenal Rd., Wilmington, IL 60481; Nov. 1 – 30 (excluding Sundays); 8 am – 3 pm.

Completed applications and all the following documents – Educational/Military Transcripts, Reference Letters, Birth Certificate, Proof of previous employment and Prior experience questionnaire – must be mailed or returned to the Training Center – 19800 W. South Arsenal Rd., Wilmington, IL 60481 no later than December 31, 2018.






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