11Dec 2017

The FTIOR (Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region) attended a job fair December 8th, 2017 at the Open Door Academy in Cleveland.  About 250 6th-12th grades students came thru to ask us about our trades.  Its always good to let them know there is a great alternative to a traditional college education, and that while going through our apprenticeship program they can still earn an associates degree in applied sciences from Cuyahoga Community College. We love to see amazed looks on their faces when we show off some samples of the work we do.

28Oct 2017
  • Apprenticeship Graduation Celebration
  • Room is setup for the Apprenticeship Dinner on October 19, 2017
  • Purple Fall Mums room decoration apprenticeship graduation dinner
  • Welcome to the Apprenticeship Graduation
  • The Finishing Trade Institute of the Ohio Region Board of Directors Congratulates all the graduates
  • Apprenticeship graduation group photo
  • Ioannis Kleoudis (center) from Local 476 completed the Painter - CAS program
  • Drywall Finishers and Tapers from local 505 are all smiles at the graduation
  • Another look at our new Glaziers
  • Apprenticeship Graduation Cake

October 19, 2017 – Strongsville, Ohio: Twenty-three apprentices celebrated their graduation to journeyperson at a special dinner and diploma presentation on Thursday, October 19th at the Strongsville training center. The event, which was hosted by the Finishing Trade Institute of the Ohio Region (FTIOR), included Charlie Meadows, General President’s Representative from IUPAT as the guest speaker. District Council 6, Local 181 Glaziers, Local 505 Cleveland, Local 707 Cleveland, SCT, Sherwin-Williams, and Teresa R Pofok Company LPA sponsored the event.

Director of Training George Boots kicked off the evening, followed by DC6 Business Manager/Secretary/Treasurer and FTIOR Co-Chairman Jim Sherwood who congratulated the graduates on behalf of the FTIOR board of trustees, and the leadership team of DC6, “Good luck to all the graduating apprentices from District Council 6, you are the future of this union and this industry,” said Sherwood. After Charlie Meadows inspiring presentation, John Houlis, Matt Graff, Jason Liskai, Justin Oshel & Nick Papadorotheou recognized the graduates and presented them with their diplomas.

Director Timothy McCarthy and Patricia Pietrarois, Program Manager of Joint Apprenticeship Training advanced training center at Cuyahoga Community College presented special recognition certificates.

Apprentices who graduated that night:

Painter – Decorators
David Babinec (707)
Thomas Bussy (707)
Bret Conroy (707)
Zachary Hartman (7)
Joseph Kish (707)
Travis Olszewski (7)
Brian Owens (7)
Josea Uliano (707)
Jeremy Upton (7) Military Veteran
Dennise Williard (7)
Charlie Wright (476)

Gregory Glatzhofer (181)
David Oberacker (181)
Seth Ord (948)
Andrew Twardzik (1162)

Drywall Finishers & Tapers
Cody Bianca (505)
Eduardo Fonseca-Torres (505)
Alex Luenberger (505)
Robert Svagerko (505)

Painter – CAS
Ioannis Kleoudis (476)

Union apprenticeships with D.C. 6 are registered, certified and highly regarded career training programs that offer a combination of structured on-the-job training and related technical instruction to train potential trades workers in occupations that demand a high level of skill. D.C. 6 apprenticeships are administered by the cooperative labor-management Joint Apprenticeship Training Fund (J.A.T.F.).

Depending on the trades, apprenticeships can last from three to four years, during which time apprentices work and learn under the direction of experienced journey workers. Over time, apprentices are provided the diversity and complexity of training that leads to becoming highly skilled in their chosen occupations. As they gain skill, they are compensated through an increase in wages. Learn more about the many benefits of union membership and apprenticeship; fill out an information form

16Oct 2017

The Coatings and Corrosion Expo is coming to Strongsville Ohio on Thursday, November 16th, 2017. The Expo kicks off at 9:00 AM with demos. The Expo also features SSPCC-CAS Presentation, Several CEU Continuing Education Courses, and lunch. Door prizes and raffles round out this free event.

As coatings fail, structures degrade resulting in corrosion. From maintaining the integrity of our infrastructure to having safe water in our home, the effects of corrosion cost our economy billions of dollars every year. Facility and equipment can last 5 to times longer when an industrial coating is applied by a trained skilled workforce.

The event will also feature a National Apprenticeship Open House, giving apprentices an opportunity to experience the expo while networking with other apprentices and IUPAT members.

The Coating and Corrosion Expo recognize the need to better educate and promote best practices in the Coating and Corrosion Industry. Space is limited. To register or for more information, visit http://www.corrosioncoatingsohio.com  or e-mail info@corrosioncoatingsohio. View the event brochure here: Expo Brochure 2017

13Oct 2017
  • Conference Attendees
  • Finishing Trades of the Ohio Region Member at the Fostering Pathways to Success conference

October 12, 2017 – Columbus, Ohio – Members of the IUPAT DC6 Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region (FTIOR) took part in the 6th Annual Fostering Pathways to Success conference in Xenos, hosted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). The event was attended by over 400 foster youth ages 14 to 24, adult caregivers and professionals. The purpose of the conference is to connect former foster youth to financial aid, housing, mentoring, and apprenticeship opportunities as they embark on their life journey.

John Husted, Ohio Secretary of State was the morning Keynote speaker. Adopted as a child, he has been a longstanding advocate for adoption and helping to pair children with healthy and loving families.

The Lunch Keynote Speaker MelissaRoshan Potter (“MelRo”), an uncommon talent who has modeled internationally for more than 15 years. She has appeared on magazine covers, billboards, print ads, national commercials, and runways, but what this respected model is most proud of is being a survivor who aged out of foster care, became a teen parent, and lived with her son in a teen-parenting homeless shelter for two years.

Attendees had the opportunity to attend a workshop entitled “ApprenticeOhio: A Path to a Great Career with No College Debt hosted by Becky DeMatteis and Matthew Longfellow. They learned that Apprenticeships can provide a smooth pathway to a good-paying, in-demand career, with no student loan debt.

IUPAT DC6 FTIOR representatives were on hand to answer questions, hand out T-Shirts, and share their own career paths with IUPAT. The conference offered many valuable resources to both young people and adult supporters alike.