November 11, 2015
By Bob Levine, LaborPress USA
San Diego, California – The California Field Ironworkers Training Trust leaders cut the ribbon October 27, 2015 on a new state-of-the-art training center in San Diego, California. The “University of Iron,” is the training and apprenticeship program for Iron Workers Local 229.
The completion of the University of Iron’s 10,000 square-foot facility on Beech Street, one of the finest training centers in the world, was recognized by legislators, contractors, labor leaders with their attendance at he opening ceremony.The center, which replaces the existing San Diego facility, reflects the devotion that the Iron Workers and its signatory contractors have always had towards producing and delivering the hardest-working, best trained workers. The new facility boosts the University of Iron’s apprenticeship program, adding an impressive 26 welding booths and 3 large, state-of-the-art classrooms. The California Field Ironworkers Training Trust purchased the building and the renovation included the latest equipment and most advanced training procedures. Within this futuristic facility, apprentices and journeyman ironworkers will be provided the finest and most advanced training possible in the world.
California Iron Workers District Council President Don Zampa praised the program’s commitment to providing a path for people to rise to the middle class through the Iron Workers’ apprenticeship stating, “People want to be able to provide for their loved ones,” Zampa said. “We offer a real opportunity for hardworking people to do that. This investment in the training center shows we really believe in that mission and what we’re doing over here."The University of Iron and the Iron Workers District Council of the State of California and Vicinity represent 3,000 apprentices and 19,500 journeymen ironworkers in California, Arizona and Nevada.
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