The first graduating class of SMART's new Heroes Program received their diplomas before a distinguished audience of military representatives, politicians, and SMACNA and SMART leaders. SIx graduates were from the U.S. Army, one was from the U.S. Navy, and one from the U.S. AIr Force.
Also in attendance were SMACNA members, SMACNA Western Washington executives, and representatives from SMART Local 66 and Local 104 and the Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC.
The SMART Heroes Program is a dynamic recruitment and training program designed to attract highly qualified candidates to the unionized sheet metal industry. It also is sponsored by SMACNA, the International Training Institute, and Helmets to Hardhats.
SMACNA President Joseph Lansdell was one of many dignitaries invited to share his thoughts during the graduation ceremony. “This fantastic training program is a way for us to help people who have helped our country. I am very proud of that,” Lansdell said. “Many of SMART’s members and SMACNA contractors are veterans. Supporting this program has captured their hearts.”
Attracting and retaining a quality workforce is an ongoing goal for SMACNA. “We are excited that the SMACNA Western Washington Chapter, SMART LOCAL 66, and the Western Washington JATC have gotten this program off on such solid footing. We are confident is will be a success and spawn other programs just like it.”
The SMART Heroes Program provides seven weeks of sheet metal industry training equivalent to first year apprenticeship training to enlisted men and women prior to their discharge from the military.