State of Illinois and UWUA to Announce Veterans Training Program

STATE OF ILLINOIS AND UTILITY WORKERS UNION OF AMERICA TO ANNOUNCE NEW TRAINING PROGRAM FOR VETERANS AT CHICAGO CITY COLLEGES

Advisory April 11, 2012 10:30 am Chicago, Illinois power4america.org/about/veteran/

CHICAGO – The state of Illinois office of Governor Pat Quinn, will join Utility Workers Union of America National President D. Michael Langford, UWUA Local 18007 President Richard Passarelli, and Peoples Gas President Will Evans on Wednesday, April 11, to launch a new “training to placement” workforce development project targeted towards veterans.   The Gas Sector Utility Workers Training Program will develop highly skilled, on-the-job trained workers for the Illinois natural gas industry. The union backed, multi-million dollar, multi-partner program begins later this month at Dawson Technical and Wilbur Wright Colleges and is designed to train 100 recruits each year.  All students will be required to complete a six month classroom based curriculum and a one month on-the-job internship at Peoples Gas in order to receive certification. Utility Workers Union of America National President D. Michael Langford says, “The UWUA’s Military Assistance Program and our Power 4 America Training Trust take great pride in creating this new career path to good jobs for returning veterans who have honorably served our great nation. Through this training program, not only will they be able to sustain their families over the long-term, they will be contributing to the economic life of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, and also setting an example for others to follow.”

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