Apprentice Expo 2010
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On Friday, October 1st, the New England Carpenters Union hosted the annual Apprenticeship Expo. Students and instructors from thirty-eight schools attended the event. NERCC staff gave each school a guided tour of the training facility to give the students a firsthand look at the work of professional union carpenters.

It was a record turnout for this year??s Apprenticeship Expo, with over 900 students in attendance. The Expo drew these record numbers in spite of the heavy rains that forced some logistical changes to be made to the set up of the event. Additionally, before the first group of students arrived, the training center, along with the rest of the town of Millbury, lost power due to a downed transformer. Training Center staff quickly jumped in to action, preparing generators to power the facility. Luckily, the town??s power was restored in time for the Expo to begin, and the day continued on without a hitch. The Expo was a huge success.

Students attending the event learned about career opportunities in the Carpenters Union. While touring the facilities they were able to see union carpenters showcase their skills in the following areas: Green Construction/Lead Awareness, Best Practices in Health Care Construction, Scaffold Erector Construction, Rough Terrain & Aerial Lift, General Carpentry, Concrete Forms, Interior Systems/Drywall, Interior Finish/Cabinet Install, Floorcovering, Piledriving, Commercial Diving, Mill Cabinet, Alucobond Panel Installation, and Millwright.

Robert Archambault, a teacher from Chicopee Comprehensive High School, brought a small group of students to this year??s Expo. It was the second year his school had attended the event. "This is a great opportunity for our students. It's a real life look at the opportunities available to them after they graduate and what will be expected of them as union carpenters. You can't get better than this."

The following schools attended this year??s Expo:
Blackstone Valley
Blue Hills Regional Vocational Technical High School
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School
Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
Carpenters Dream Works
Chicopee High School
Franklin County Tech School
Greater Lawrence School
Greater Lowell Technical High School
Job Corps Connecticut
Keefe Technical School
Lawrence CPA
Leominster Center Tech Ed
Lower Pioneer Valley
Lynn Vocational Technical High School
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
Minute Man Career and Technical High School
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
Nashoba Regional Vocational Technical School
Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School
North Shore Regional Vocational
Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School
Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School
Plymouth South High School
Quincy High School
Shawsheen Valley Tech High
Shriver Job Corps, Devens, MA
Silver Lake Regional High School
Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School
Smith Vocational High School
South High School
South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School
Tantasqua Regional High School
Tri County Regional Vocational Technical High School
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
Westfield Voc Tech High School
Westover Job Corps
Wm J Dean Vocational Tech High School ?C Holyoke, MA

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