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4th Annual Apprenticeship Event Pays Tribute to Working Women and Men

For immediate release
March 12, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Continuing what has become a tradition in Connecticut, the Connecticut State Apprenticeship Council and the state’s apprenticeship community invite legislative leaders, labor officials and community representatives to attend its fourth annual Apprenticeship Awareness Breakfast on March 16.  

The event, which pays tribute to working men and women in this state and highlights the benefits of the Connecticut’s apprenticeship program, will be held 8:30 to 10 a.m. in Room 310 of the State Capitol in Hartford.

”We have asked a number of our friends from across the state to join us in honoring this truly innovative program,” explains State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield. “It seems appropriate to hold this event so close to St. Patrick’s Day, too, as we will be paying tribute to a true Irish American gentleman – the late U.S. Congressman William Fitzgerald of Norwich – who is often referred to as the Father of Apprenticeship.” 

Fitzgerald, who represented the 2nd District, sponsored the original legislation that led to the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937. He also served as Deputy Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Labor and as Mayor of Norwich.

Teresa Younger, Executive Director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, will be a featured speaker at the event, which will also include testimonials from a fourth year electrical apprentice and a journeyperson plumber. Both will relate their experiences with the program, which includes a combination of on-the-job training and classroom work.

Often called The Other Four-Year Degree, Apprenticeship is a recognized program that allows men and women to learn their chosen trade while on the job. The apprenticeship system offers career opportunities in more than 400 trades, including carpentry, plumbing and masonry. 

In conjunction with the breakfast, Mayfield said, an apprenticeship outreach event including exhibits and educational materials about the various training programs will be featured at the Legislative Office Building (LOB). Staff and apprentices from the sponsoring organizations will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional information on March 16 and an extensive photo exhibit on the upper concourse will be on display at the LOB through March 30.


Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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