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NECA-IBEW Training Center in Alsip Adds First Illinois Solar Electricity Training Facility










During a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony, the NECA-IBEW Technical Institute added the first solar electricity training in Illinois.  Located on the roof of the main building, the five kilowatt photovoltaic system provides a training model for apprentice electricians while powering one of the classrooms, as well as the computers located inside that classroom.

State Agency To Provide Information on Job Application Process – October 14, 2015

St. Paul Community Development Ministries, Inc. has partnered with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services and will host an information session on the job application process from 10 a.m. – Noon on the second floor at 4550 S. Wabash Avenue in Chicago.  The event is FREE and open to the public; no registration is required.  For more information, click here, or call 773-538-5120.

Carpenters Apprenticeship Program Sets Open House – November 5, 2015

The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship Program will offer an Open House at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5 at its Training Center, 1256 Estes Avenue in Elk Grove Village.  Please use the registration link to register for the event – register here.  For more information, click here.

CISCO Golf Outing Enjoys Capacity Crowd; Helps Raise $1,400 for Charity

 CISCO’s Annual “Last Swing” Golf Outing attracted another full house of golfers and raised $1,400 for Christmas Without Cancer – an 11-year-old charity founded by an oncology nurse at Christ Hospital to help families who are in financial hardship due to the cost of cancer treatment.

b-action3The weather was once again beautiful as sunshine, smiles and sponsors were plentiful.  The outing was held at Bloomingdale Golf Course.  Click here for more pictures of the event.










































CISCO Begins to Accept Project of the Year Awards – Deadline is December 2, 2015 

Calling all General Contractors, Architects, Engineers and Builders:  CISCO’s Project of the Year Program is off and running and has begun to accept applications for its annual award.  CISCO has initiated a new, more convenient electronic submittal process.  Your application can be completed in three easy steps.  To read about the process, click here.

You may submit your project in one of six different categories:  New Construction Chicago (above $20m); New Construction Suburbs (above $20m); New Construction – Chicago or Suburbs (below $20m); Infrastructure; Rehabilitation or Residential.  For specific details and to download the application, just click here.

NEW in 2015: Educator of the Year Nomination Forms – December 2nd Deadline 

CISCO will accept nominations for Educator of the Year from outside educators for the first time.  CISCO’s award recognizes a teacher, counselor or educator who goes above and beyond the call of duty.  This year, peers will do the nominations of an educator who works in CISCO’s six-county area: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry.  Click here to download the form.  For more information, contact Johnetta Ryan at 630-472-9411.

WCPT 820 AM Hosts Panel Discussion on Labor Issues







In the first of two, 3-hour live remote radio broadcasts, WCPT held a panel discussion to spotlight the problems in Springfield and solutions that Labor proposes.  In the picture above, Bob Reiter, Secretary/Treasurer of the Chicago Federation of Labor (center) comments, while at left, Jeff Eppenstein, Business Agent with Roofers Local 11 waits his turn.  At right is WCPT host Wayne Besen.

Pipefitters Local 597 Sponsoring HVAC/R and Welding Contests - October 31, 2015

Two “no-fee” contests, one focused on HVAC/R and another featuring welding skills are open to high school, vocational, private and junior college students sponsored by Pipefitters Local 597.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 28 for the two contests being held on Saturday, October 31 at 10:00 a.m. at the Local 597 Training Center, 10850 W. 187th St. in Mokena, Illinois, 60448.

To register online, click here .  To learn about the details of these events, click here.  If you have questions, please email training@pftf597.org.  Prize money is available and the welding contest is limited to the first 75 registered applicants; so don’t delay.














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