Thanks for a great week

Well, the first Learning Opportunities Week is now in the books, and I want to personally thank EVERYONE involved for such an outstanding job.

ICD Staff was able to visit several Career Development Programs, and we still have some visits remaining as some sites have scheduled events past last week.

As we move forward, we will be reaching out to get your feedback on how the week went. We will also spend some time at the brainstorming next steps.

All in all, a job well done by everyone!

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 19 June / 0 Comments
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Welcome to L.O.W.!

Welcome to the inaugural Learning Opportunities Week!

As you probably know, L.O.W. is an opportunity for all of us to aggressively showcase all the great things that Career Development has available for Steelworkers.

As the week progresses, we look forward to visiting with some of you and hearing from others about all that is happening at your local program.

One of the many outstanding opportunities available to Steelworkers through ICD is the Tino Fulimeni Memorial Scholarship. It allows children and grandchildren of eligible Steelworkers to earn a $1,000 college scholarship.

This scholarship allows us to create learning opportunities for others. If you know anyone who has a child or grandchild currently in college or getting set to enroll in the fall, please let them know about the Tino Scholarship.

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 12 June / 0 Comments
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The launching of Learning Opportunities Week

We have an exciting new initiative at ICD:  Learning Opportunities Week.  The inaugural Learning Opportunities Week, scheduled for the week of June 12, 2017, will be a chance for ICD and all of our sites across the country to promote the excellent work you do. So mark your calendars, star those days, use a highlighter. We expect this to become a big deal.

We first announced “Education Week” at our National Conference last fall when the idea (suggested by Advisory Board Member Mark Langbehn) got approval from our Governing Board.  Since then we have been planning ways to promote the program and engage members during that week with anticipation that it will grow each year.  We envision a Learning Opportunities Week similar to the safety week that engages members and promotes ICD and all of the opportunities to learn each of us has.

We will be sending more information about Learning Opportunities Week and lots of ideas in the coming months.  We look forward to seeing and hearing the ways in which each of our sites bring about this initiative.

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 8 March / 0 Comments
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Here we go: The 2017 Learning Summits

It doesn't seem that long ago that we wrapped up in Mobile, but since then we have been busy brainstorming the 2017 Learning Summits. And that's not fake news.

With the locations, dates and hotels all settled, the Learning Summits are now open for registration.

You can regisater by going to our and choosing which Summit you want to attend. Remember, both Summits will offer the same content; we just offer them twice to make it more convenient for your schedule.

The first Summit will be May 31-June 1 at the Marriott at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and will include a second-day optional tour of the USW/Bridgestone Americas-Warren County Learning Center.

The second Summit will be Sept. 19-20 at the Downtown Marriott in Milwaukee and will include a second-day optional tour of the nearby USW/Harley-Davidson plant.

The ICD Learning Summits are a day-and-a-half of focused training on topics currently pertinent to local Career Development Programs. This year's content will concentrate on education provided by the program including ideas for new classes and for promotion of those classes.

In addition, guest speakers at the Summit will focus on advanced manufacturing and lifelong learning. Participants will also spend time planning for Learning Opportunities Week 2017 and 2018.

Finally, I'd like to remind everyone that just because this is a non-conference year it does not mean that local program training should take a backseat. We consider the agenda and training modules we are developing to be important to the local programs, and I know that all programs have travel funds appropriated in their annual budgets. We expect all sites to be represented at one of the Summits. If there is anything we can do at our office to facilitate your attendance, please let us know.

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 14 February / 0 Comments
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Road trip to Granite City

Last week Korey and I visited the USW/U.S. Steel – Granite City program. It was my first time visiting the program and it was a very impressive tour! I want to thank USW Local 1899 president Dan Simmons and Coordinator Marshall McElroy for taking the time out to show us around.

We got to see a lot of the learning opportunities available to the Steelworkers there, including an electrical wiring lab that includes a hands-on model of how to properly connect a home generator to a home’s existing electrical system.

The program invested in two small CNC machines that work hand-in-hand with a computer lab where the members learn the programming aspect of CNC. Marshall gave us a good demonstration. The projects that have been created are just amazing! We also got to see the woodworking lab and some of the projects there. You can check out some of the photos from our trip in the photo gallery below.

Another interesting item shown was the “Cricut” cutting machine.  Basically it’s a cutting machine that looks like an oversized computer printer that connects to a PC and does precise cutting. 

With the large number of workers laid off at Granite City, the Career Development Program continues to offer learning opportunities for the workers either through Customized Classes or Tuition Assistance.

Keep up the good work Marshall, we were impressed!

  • Posted by shayden / Posted on 13 February / 1 Comments
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