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Apprenticeship Awareness Day Breakfast Slated March 23 at State Capitol

For immediate release
March 5, 2010


WETHERSFIELD - Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship Training will be involved with promoting the advantages of participating in apprenticeship program training – often referred to as “the other four year degree” – during an annual Apprenticeship Awareness Day Breakfast taking place March 23 at the State Capitol.  The theme this year is Apprenticeship – Green With Energy.


Sponsored by the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Directors Committee of Connecticut, the event will be held in Room 310 and run from 8 to 10 a.m.  A photo exhibit depicting many of the program’s current participants and accomplishments will be displayed on the Lower Concourse located between the State Capitol and the Legislative Office Building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The March 23 Apprenticeship Awareness Breakfast gives us an excellent opportunity to shine a light on this truly innovative program that has helped so many people ‘earn while they learn’, and we thank Connecticut’s apprenticeship community for helping us to continue this tradition,” Apprenticeship Program Manager, Jack Guerrera said. “Apprenticeship has been a fixture in our state and on the national employment and training scene for more than 70 years and Connecticut residents can take pride in its success."


Along with Jack Guerrera, scheduled speakers are Chuck Appleby, chairperson of the State Plumbing Board and president of Appleby Plumbing and Heating of Old Saybrook; Jeremy Zeedyk, an instructor for green tradesman certification for Sheet Metal Workers Local 40; and Jamie Merloni, Director of Training at the New England Laborers Academy in Hopkinton, MA.


The apprenticeship system offers career opportunities in more than 400 trades, including carpentry, plumbing, masonry, heating and cooling. Nationwide, 80,000 industries and companies offer 395,000 registered apprenticeship opportunities. In Connecticut, more than 2,500 employers and labor/management committees employ approximately 6,500 apprentices in registered apprenticeship programs.


Additional information about the Apprenticeship Program can be found on the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Web site at

Media contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535

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

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