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The 2017 Construction Skills Challenge was held on April 28th at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Center.  The competition was directed towards high school construction technology programs throughout the Upper Peninsula allowing students to showcase their skills.  Twelve teams from across the Upper Peninsula constructed pre-designed buildings while others competed in coinciding aspects of Career and Technical Education (C.T.E.).  A team traveling trophy was awarded to the best team and it will be held until the next Skills Challenge.  Individual medals to the top teams were also awarded.  Results from the Competition are listed below.
2017 U.P. Automotive Service Technology Skills Challenge final results: 4th Place - Dillon Bennetts (MARESA High School Automotive Program & Marquette Senior HS), 3rd Place – Lucas Mersnick (Delta-Schoolcraft ISD – Manistique), 2nd Place – Kenton Martin (MARESA High School Automotive Program & North Star Academy), 1st Place – Matt Wood (Westwood HS). 
2017 U.P. Welding Skills Challenge final results: ADVANCED COMPETITION: 3rd Place – Anthony Erickson (MARESA HS Welding Program & Marquette Senior HS), 2nd Place – Nate Swartout (Dickinson-Iron ISD), 1st Place (Top Welder)- Warren Torola (Calumet HS); MIG COMPETITION: 3rd Place - Rimick Cain (DIISD), 2nd Place – Allen Linn (DIISD), 1st Place – Anthony Karns (DIISD); STICK COMPETITION: 3rd Place – Tom Hulce (DIISD), 2nd Place – Tristan Lorendo (Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD), 1st Place – Jacob Dunlap (MARESA Welding Program & Republic-Michigamme HS); TIG COMPETITION: 3rd Place – Mark Linna (GOISD), 2nd Place - Sam Karaniemi (CHS), 1st Place - Ryan Deau (DIISD).
2017 U.P. Construction Skills Challenge final results: 3rd Place (Bronze Medalists) – Marquette Senior High School, 2nd place (Silver Medalists) – Chassell HS, 1st Place (Gold Medalists) – Delta-Schoolcraft ISD – Escanaba. 
Pilot 2017 Computer Aided Drafting & Design Skills Challenge final results:  3rd Place – Jacob Wood (Gwinn HS), 2nd Place - Emily Nelson (Negaunee HS), 1st Place – Isaac Redlon (Gwinn HS). 
 




U.P. APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2016 NAMED Approximately 180 people met at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris on Saturday, February 25, 2017 for the sixth annual Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year recognition banquet. The winner of this year's award was Kevin Pratt, an apprentice member of IBEW Local 906. The two finalists were Erin Lakenen, IBEW Local 906 and Paul Barna, U.P. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111. This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council (UPCC) to recognize outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry. The selection panel was made up of James Ebli, President, Gundlach Champion, Inc.; Deborah Veigh, Superintendent, Marquette Alger RESA; Roxanne Daust, Executive Vice President, Range Bank; Don Maki, Commissioner, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, Mike Fornetti, Verso Corporation; and Art Gischia, Sr. Vice President for Administration, NMU. Altogether there were 20 apprentices nominated by the construction trades that represent construction workers across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Sam Lakenen, Brother of Finalist Erin Lakenen, IBEW Local 906; Apprentice of
the Year, Kevin Pratt, IBEW Local 906; Finalist Paul Barna, U.P. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111



Robert Morrow, Brian Dillon, Erick Samuelson
 
2015 U.P. Apprentice of the Year
Approximately 170 people met at the Ramada Inn in Marquette on Saturday, March 12, 2016 for the fifth annual Upper Peninsula Construction of the Year recognition banquet.
The winner of this year's award was Erick Samuelson, an apprentice member of U.P. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111.  The two finalists were Brian Dillon, Boilermakers Local 169 and Robert Morrow, U.P. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 111.
This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council (UPCC) to recognize outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry.  The selection panel was made u of James Ebli, President, Gundlach Champion, Inc.; Deborah Veiht, Superintendent, Marquette Alger RESA; Roxanne Daust, Executive Vice President, Range Bank; Don Maki, Commission, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; Mike Fornetti, NewPage Corporation, and Art Gischia, Northern Michigan University.
Altogether there were 17 apprentices nominated by the construction trades that represent construction workers across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

 

 
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Gov. Rick Snyder makes initial appointments to new Talent Investment Board LANSING, Mich.
 

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the first appointments to the new Talent Investment Board. Under Executive Order 2015-11, the Governor’s Talent Investment Board will be charged with advising and assisting the governor regarding compliance with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The board will bring together employers, organized labor and community-based organizations, including apprenticeship programs, to make recommendations on how to best develop workforce talent across the state. "This talented group will be essential in our efforts to lead in the nation in talent development and I’m confident that their experiences will make them an asset on this board,” Snyder said. Two year terms to expire April 15, 2017: Helen Dietrich, of Conklin, will represent the private sector. Dietrich is the owner of Ridgeview Orchards. Dietrich attended Michigan State University and Aquinas College. Jodi Gibson, of Kalamazoo, will represent the private sector. Gibson is vice president of corporate responsibility for Kellogg Company and previously served as divisional vice president of jcpcares at JCPenny. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ripon College. Al Haidous, of Wayne, will represent elected officials. Haidous is a Wayne County Commissioner and served as Mayor of the City of Wayne from 2001-2014. He has served on Wayne’s City Council and Board of Zoning Appeals. Marcus James, of Jackson, will represent the private sector. James retired from The Dow Chemical Company as the global engineering manager after 31 years of service. James holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern University. Donald O’Connell, of Beverly Hills, will represent organized labor. O’Connell is the executive director of Operating Engineers Local 324 Labor Management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Douglas Parkes, of Manistee, will represent the private sector. Parkes is a real estate appraiser at Manistee Appraisal Service, Inc. and previously served as vice president and commercial lender at Honor Bank. Parkes holds a real estate license, an appraisal license, and a bachelor’s degree from Alma College. Tauzzari Robinson, of Grand Blanc, will represent youth providers. Robinson is the director of programs and operations for The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint. Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Toledo and an MPA in non-profit administration from the University of Michigan – Flint. Brad Rusthoven, of DeWitt, will represent the private sector. Rusthoven is the human resources manager at Franchino Mold & Engineering. Rusthoven holds an associate’s degree from Lansing Community College and a BSBA from Drake University. Three year terms to expire April 15, 2018: Dennis Argyle, of Saginaw, will represent the private sector. Argyle is vice president and chief financial officer of Knight Facilities Management, Inc. Argyle holds a BBA in accounting and management information systems from Central Michigan University. Argyle will serve as vice chair of the Talent Investment Board. Thomas Begin, of Fenton will represent the private sector. Begin is the public affairs east regional manager at Consumer's Energy. Begin holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Saginaw Valley State University, a BBA from Northwood University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan-Flint. Darcy Kerr, of Sunfield, will represent the private sector. Kerr is the senior vice president of human resources at Accident Fund Holdings Inc. Kerr holds a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree in labor relations and human resources from Michigan State University. Bill Peterson, of Harrison Township, will represent organized labor. Peterson is the assistant to secretary treasurer for the UAW. He is a member of the State and local Workforce Investment Act Boards. Tony Retaskie, of Marquette, will represent organized labor. Retaskie is the executive director of the Upper Peninsula Construction Council. He serves as co-chair of the Michigan Works! The Job Force Board’s Career Connection Group. Gregory Winter, of Alpena, will represent the private sector. Winter is president of Omni Metalcraft Corp which he co-founded in 1976. He is a past board member of Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce and Target Alpena Economic Development Corporation. Elaine Wood, of Traverse City, will represent Michigan’s workforce. Wood is chief executive officer of Networks Northwest. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree in organizational development from Spring Arbor University. Four year terms to expire April 15, 2018: Mark Alyea, of Jackson, will represent the private sector. Alyea was recently named president emeritus of Alro Steel Corp. after serving as president and chief operating officer of Alro Steel Corporation. He holds an associate’s degree from Oakland Community College. Alyea will serve as chair of the Talent Investment Board. Paul Arsenault, of Ishpeming, will represent the private sector. Arsenault is president of Concepts Consulting and is a licensed residential builder. He serves as a member of K.I. Sawyer Economic Development Committee, Six-County Employment Alliance, and Michigan Works! Job Force Board. Kenyatta Brame, of Grand Rapids, will represent the private sector. Brame is executive vice president of Cascade Engineering and previously served as an adjunct professor for the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Brame holds a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College, an MBA from Michigan State University, and a JD from the University of Michigan. Tony Day, of Athens, will represent the private sector. Day is the Tribal Council Sergeant of Arms for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBPI) and previously served as the director of facilities for the NHBPI. Suzanne Howell will represent core programs. Howell is the director of Michigan Rehabilitation Serves (MRS) and has been with MRS for 29 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation from Michigan State University. John Moll, of North Branch, will represent the private sector. Moll is chief executive officer of Gemini Group, Inc. Moll holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Oakland University. Christine Quinn will represent core programs. Quinn is the director of the Michigan Workforce Development Agency and previously served as president of South Central Michigan Works! Quinn holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation leadership and management from Ferris State University. Conan Smith, of Ann Arbor, will represent elected officials. Smith is the executive director of the Michigan Suburbs Alliance as well as a Washtenaw County Commissioner. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and master’s degree from Wayne State University. Zane Walker, of North Branch, will represent organized labor. Walker is president of the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council. Walker served in the United States Marines from 1985-1992 as well in Operation Desert Storm and attended Lansing Community College. Other Members: •Representative Brandt Iden, appointed by the Speaker of the House •Senator Ken Horn, appointed by the Senate Majority Leader •Jamie Clover Adams, director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development •Nick Lyon, director of the Department of Health and Human Services •Mike Zimmer, director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs •Stephanie Comai, director of the Talent Investment Agency •Mike Flanagan, Superintendent of Public Instruction After the expiration of initial terms, members serve three-year terms. Appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.



Marquette: by Nick Brennan, WLUC TV 6
   Building anything from the ground up in one day, even a small shed, is not a simple task. 
   But nine teams of high school students from eight Upper Peninsula schools rose to meet that goal Friday, April 24, 2015 at the 9th annual Upper Peninsula Construction Skills Challenge at NMU's Jacobetti Complex.
   The event's coordinator says this gives the students a real-world, real-time experience building a multipurpose structure using the skills they've learned in their high school construction classes.
  " What we do try to do is replicate a day on the construction site.  So for instance, today when they walk in a lot of the measurements on their blueprints have changed, it's called an addendum.  And it's really neat to see the students take a look at the addendum and wonder how they're gonna build their structure." said Tony Retaskie.
   The contest requires more than one type of building expertise, as not only do the teams have to put together the wooden shed, they have to wire it for electricity too.
   Retaskie says that the event teaches personal skills the students might need development in as well as giving them a local venue.
   "This is a Yooper event, where the students wouldn't have to pay the extra cost of traveling downstate to enter a competiition like this.  And I think its impotant for the students to learn some teamwork skills, safety training and then be under a time constraint."
   At least one student considering a career in building found the event to be worthwihile.
   "It's cool having a lot of different people come together and test out their skills and see what team has been prepared better, and who's gonna come out on top." said Tyler Bauer, a junior at Kingsford High School.
   The challenge chooses one winner with two runners up for the highest quality shed.
   The winning team takes home Carhartt jackets and a travelling trophy.
   This year's winner was Dickinson-Iron ISD (Team #1 out of two teams).  In 2nd place was Westwood High School and Munising High School took 3rd place.




   Joshua Mott                      Sarah Kossow                    Kirk Johnson

U.P. APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2014 

     Approximately 120 people met at the Ramada Inn in Marquette on Saturday, March 21, 2015 for the fourth annual Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year recognition banquet.
     The winner of this year's award was Sarah Kossow, an apprentice member of Carpenter/Millwright Local 1510.  The two finalists were Joshua Mott from IBEW Local 979 and Kirk Johnson, Operating Engineers Local 324.
      This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council to recognize outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry.  The selection committee was made up of James Ebli, President, Gundlach Champion, Inc.; Deborah Veiht, Superintendent, Marquette Alger RESA; Roxanne Daust, Executive Vice President, Range Bank; Don Maki, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Mike Fornetti, NewPage Corporation (Retired); and Art Gischia, Sr. Vice President for Administration, NMU (Retired). 
     Altogether there were 17 apprentices nominated by the construction trades that represent construction workers across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


 
     

                              Erik Strom                     Robert Robertson, Jr.                   Brian Bonno

U.P. APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2013 NAMED
Approximately 150 people met in the Explorer Rooms at Northern Michigan University on Saturday,March 29, 2014 for the third annual Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year recognition banquet. The winner of this year's award was Robert Robertson Jr., an apprentice member of IBEW Local 1070. The two finalists were Brian Bonno, from Boilermakers Local 169, Area 4 and Erik Strom, also from Boilermakers Local 169, Area 4.
This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Counci (UPCC to recognize outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry. The selection panel was made up of James Ebli, President, Gundlach Champion, Inc.; Deborah Veiht, Superintendent, Marquette Alger RESA; Roxanne Daust, Executive Vice President Range Bank; Don Maki,Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; and Art Gischia, Sr. Vice President for Administration, Northern Michigan University.
Altogether there were 22 apprentices nominated by the construction trades that represent construction workers across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.






Tony Retaskie, Executive Director of the U.P. Construction Council and Deb Doyle of MI Works! with the W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award trophy, March 31, 2014 in Washington D.C.
















  


             Robert Robertson Jr.               Jason Powell                     Craig Lanaville Jr.
                 

                                       U.P. APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2012 NAMED

 

     Approximately 120 people met in the Explorer Rooms at Northern Michigan University on Saturday,
February 16, 2013 for the second annual Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year recognition banquet. 
The winner of this year's award was Craig Lanaville Jr., an apprentice member of IBEW Local 979.  The
two finalists were Robert Robertson Jr., from IBEW Local 1070 and Jason Powell, from Ironworkers
Local 8.

     This event was organized and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Construction Council (UPCC) to recognize
outstanding apprentices in the U.P. construction industry.  The selection panel was made up of James
Ebli, President, Gundlach Champion, Inc.; Deborah Veiht, Superintendent, Marquette Area Public
Schools; Roxanne Daust, Executive Vice President, Range Bank; Don Maki, Commissioner, Federal
Mediation and Conciliation Service; Michael Fornetti, NewPage Corporation; and Art Gischia, Sr. Vice
President for Administration, Northern Michigan University.

     Altogether there were 17 apprentices nominated by the construction trades that represent construction
workers across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


Tracy Bero — Apprentice of the Year
 
A local electrical Apprentice has recently won an award for Apprentice of the Year. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union flew Tracy Bero to Washington DC where he received his award. He was honored as the top Construction Apprentice in all of the United States and Canada. Tracy currently works out of IBEW Local 979 and is employed by our local contractors and is a fourth year apprentice in the program. This is an outstanding award and says a lot about our local electrical apprentices and the caliber of the apprentice training program we have.



 

 




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