10806 Bigge St.
San Leandro, CA 94577
NEWS ARTICLE - May 15, 2012
Apprenticeship-Training for the Future
In April I had the opportunity to attend the Bricklayers, PCC and Tile Setters Apprenticeship Contests. I was very proud to see the enthusiasm and growing skill level of our apprentices in action. Apprentices are the new life blood of our crafts and trade.
The Mason Development Center is located at 25347 South Schulte Road in Tracy, California. This new block and glass block building has state-of-the-art equipment and is able to house the Apprenticeship Programs for Brick, Marble, PCC and Terrazzo all under one roof.
The Northern California Tile Training Center is located at 15091 Wicks Boulevard, San Leandro, California. This modern location houses the Tile Setters and Finishers Apprenticeship Programs.
Each facility is complete with Apprenticeship Offices, Classrooms and Work Station
The Brick and PCC Contest was April 2 in Tracy.
Finishing First for Brick was Nick Prater, second was Tim Birmingham and third went to Brian Sunquist. PCC winners were Noel Bermudez, first place, Alberto Santillan, second place and finishing third was Jesus Rojas.
The Tile Contest was April 14 in San Leandro.
The Tile Setters placed as follows: First, Luke Ginthum; second, Pablo Rodriguez; third, Brian Monteiro. The best finisher was Ernesto Moreno, Jr.
Advancing to the Western States Apprentice Contest in Las Vegas, by trade, are:
Brick-Nick Prater; Brick-Brian Sunquist; Brick-Clint Dossa; PCC-Manuel Valencia.
Tile-Luke Ginthum; Tile-Pablo Rodriguez; Tile-Brian Monterio.
Journeyman- I encourage you to reach out to the Apprentices, giving them skillful guidance and helping them to learn good practices so that they will carry on the tradition of excellent union work.
Apprentices- I encourage you to learn from the knowledge, experience and skills of the Journeymen, asking questions and employing skill techniques that will allow you to grow into successful Journeymen yourselves.