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The Inland Pacific ABC Weekly Merit Shop News Watch is published every Tuesday, bringing you the latest information not only on ABC Plan Center projects, but other important and timely information to give your company the competitive edge!

From the category archives: Education/Training


Vocational trade school to open in Pasco

-November 2017A new trade school in west Pasco will provide classroom and laboratory space for apprentices pursuing careers in skilled trades, including future electricians, plumbers and sheet metal workers, all jobs in demand across the state. The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington, or CITC, is opening its first dedicated schooling site in the Tri-Cities. The nonprofit currently uses rented space in Pasco. CITC is considered an “open shop,” as apprentices are not members of a union. The vocational trade school is headquartered in Bellevue and operates schools in Marysville, Vancouver, Tacoma and Spokane. Prior to this fall, apprentices who enrolled in their final year of the apprenticeship program through CITC would travel to Spokane once a month for two days of classroom and lab work to complete their training. The new facility on Road 90, off Sandifur Parkway, shares a building with Elite Construction and a Crossfit studio. When completed in the spring, the 9,600- ...

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ABC Spotlight 11/7/17

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Bring your employees to join us for a night of giving thanks! Enjoy dinner with your fellow ABC Members and celebrate over 100 hoodies and 200 beanies donated to local clothing banks. Click HERE to learn more or call our office at (509) 534-0826. ABC is actively recruiting for your business! Sara Cottam, our Director of Workforce Development, attends Job Fairs on a monthly basis looking for your next hire. Click HERE to access the pool of individuals ready to start today, make sure to have your username and password ready. Skilled Worker Shortage in Spokane Check out the efforts of our member, Construction Industry Training Council of WA, working hard to educate skilled trade workers in the construction industry! HERE is an interview Ken Hill from CITC did with KHQ on the skilled worker shortage in Spokane. ABC's Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) is a safety benchmarking and improvement tool that dramatically improves safety p ...

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ABC Launches The 2016 Leadership Development Series

The Leadership Development Series helps supervisors, group leaders, and organizations meet the challenges of a rapidly changing business and industrial workplace. Each session concentrates on a critical performance requirement of today’s leaders. 

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Upcoming Project Management Series in September

Come join this amazing class taught by an industry expert.  Key content includes: Introduction to Project Management, Safety, Interpersonal Skills, Issues and Resolutions, Construction Documents, Construction Planning, Estimating and Cost Control, Scheduling, Resource Control, Quality Control, and Continuous Improvement.

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ABC Leadership Development Series Special Guest

We were thrilled to have Colonel Brian Newberry visit us last Friday for our Leadership Development session on Leading and Planning.  COL Newberry retired last year as the Commanding Officer of Fairchild Air Force Base. 

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Help Contribute to Construction Career Day 2015

Construction Career Days is an opportunity for high school students to learn about careers in construction that they might not otherwise be aware of. Not only do they get to meet industry professionals, but they will get the chance to actually try out these careers - whether it’s operating a piece of equipment, bending conduit or swinging a hammer.

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Announcing ABC / AGC Training Partnership!

The Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors is thrilled to announce a training partnership with the Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors. 

If you are an IPC-ABC member in good-standing you will now be able to utilize apprenticeship programs at NWAGC. NWAGC is currently approved in the following trades: Carpentry, Construction Laborer, and Heavy Equipment.

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Introducing Carpentry 101 in Boise

This ten month long apprenticeship/craft training course features a highly illustrated design, technical hints and tips from industry experts, review questions and a whole lot more! Key content includes: Orientation to the Trade; Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives; 

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If You Want Your Company to Make More Money – A Customized Training Program is the Answer!

Here are the top 10 reasons why your company should have a customized training program:
1.       Training improves employee performance
2.       Training enhances company profits
3.       Training saves labor

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2015 National Craft Championships and National Workforce Development Conference Celebrate Apprenticeship and Training

Last week hundreds of ABC members, apprentices, and staff gathered in Ft. Lauderdale Florida for 3 days of learning and competition at the ABC National Workforce Development Conference and Craft Championship (NCC).

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