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ATU Attends U.S. Labor Department’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships Meeting in Denver

To start the year off investing in ATU’s industry-standard apprenticeship programs, International President John Costa and ATU Director of Apprenticeships and Workforce Development Jamaine Gibson traveled to Denver, CO, to attend a meeting of the U.S. Labor Department’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships chaired by Acting Assistant DOL Secretary, Employment and Training Administration Brent Parton.


National Apprenticeship System

As a member of this diverse Committee of apprenticeship stakeholders, Costa is working to ensure our Union and our industry are part of the process of the Labor Department’s efforts to modernize, expand, and diversify the National Apprenticeship system. Our Union also has been named among the first of the DOL’s Apprenticeship Ambassadors. 


Innovative and Award-Winning Programs

On the first day, Costa and Committee members conducted site visits at the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, a stand-alone college and career preparedness facility accessible for high school students, and then Pinnacol Assurance’s award-winning Apprenticeship Program, which prepares Colorado students for competitive entry-level jobs through professional and real-world training.

On the second day, the ACA held a meeting that was kicked off by Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser. The Committee then heard panels and held discussions on Youth Apprenticeships and other workforce development issues.