Class of 2017 Apprentice Graduates: Front Row Left to Right: Tracy Coats, Angela Friend, Amber Williams, Kevin Bonnett; Back Row Left to Right: Andrew Seals and Tanner Stout
Tracy Coats Degree
A Laborers’ apprenticeship is not only a decent career path, it’s also a higher education path. Tracy Coats, who completed her Laborers apprenticeship in November 2017, also completed an Associates degree at Heartland Community College in December. The community college recognized her Laborers training hours as equivalent to college credit. Coats had to take extra classes in math, English and science to gain her Associate’s degree. She completed those classes at Illinois Central College. “I wanted an Associate’s Degree,” she said. “I had the hour, I had to take a few extra classes. I’m hoping this will push me toward other opportunities, along with the combined experience in my field.” Coats said she enjoys outdoor work; “Laborers work is different all the time; I’m not an inside person,” she noted. She worked on pipelines and a variety of other projects. Laborers Local 231 business manager Bob Schroeder commended Coats. “Going through a successful apprenticeship takes self-initiative and a willingness to tackle different kinds of work. Tracy Coats went above and beyond that, using her Laborer apprenticeship hours to complete this degree. That shows initiative and a worker willing to go the extra mile. This makes Laborers 231 proud. She is an asset for any contractor who engages her.”
Americans Voted for Jobs - It's Time to Build the Keystone XL Pipeline
The Following Statement was released today by Sean McGarvey, President - Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO:
WASHINGTON, DC -- Seemingly lost in the post-Election analysis is the indisputable fact that a strong majority of American voters listed the economy and jobs as the most important issues that influenced their vote. In fact, according to Election Day exit polling, 6 out of every 10 voters ranked the economy as the top issue, far ahead of health care, the federal budget deficit, or foreign policy.
With these numbers in mind, our organizations today are calling upon President Barack Obama to move swiftly to issue the final permitting for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.