AFSA Joins Forces with IUPAT

Partnership Will Help Direct Students to Careers Outside of Traditional College Degrees

AFSA is excited to announce a partnership with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) and IUPAT District Council 51 in Lanham, Md.

The goal of the partnership is to educate students about career opportunities available in the finishing trades—i.e., options available outside of attending a traditional four-year college. The pilot program will launch this fall with the Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel, AFSA Local 109, at Suitland High School in Forestville, Md.

The IUPAT first approached AFSA in 2010 with the proposal, which includes training and education services through the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI). FTI provides apprenticeships and job training programs that develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in a variety of areas. Additionally, FTI enrollees earn college credit toward an associate or bachelor’s degree through partnerships with Mountwest Community & Technical College and the National Labor College.

“This is a partnership that will help those students that might not be considering a path toward a traditional college,” said AFSA President Diann Woodard. “By offering apprenticeships and job training, these programs will also help students to develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in a variety of areas.”

AFSA Local 109 Executive Director Doris Reed and Assistant Executive Director Hugh Weathers added, “We have been working for a number of years to bring such a program to our students. We look forward to working with the IUPAT and expanding the opportunities to other schools in PGCPS and beyond.”

“I would like to thank AFSA President Diann Woodard and AFSA Local 109 on their foresight in making this opportunity a reality,” IUPAT/FTI Recruitment Manager Greg Renne said. “The IUPAT is looking to make the pilot program at Suitland High School a success and is looking forward to expanding this program nationwide. This program will bring young men and women into the IUPAT apprenticeship at a time where our aging membership is heading toward retirement.”