Trainer Enhancement goes virtual for students and graduates

With the health and safety concerns of the pandemic again gaining momentum, the International Insulation Industry Apprenticeship and Training Fund (IIIATF) made the choice to move the Spring 2020 Trainer Enhancement class online. The decision to move this traditionally in-person event to a virtual environment was difficult, as the class normally includes numerous hands-on components.

Under the leadership of then IIIATF Administrator Tom Haun, the course began in 2005 as a way to train Local Union instructors. “The Trainer Enhancement course was developed from the need and desire to help our instructors be better teachers to the next generation of Mechanical Insulators,” said Haun as he opened the first virtual training session.

IIIATF Trainer Enhancement Logo-1To keep teaching styles, best practices and all the traditional practices of Teaching Techniques 1 through 4 at the top of our Local Union Instructors minds, but in a virtual format, the IIIATF decided to open the course sessions to all current students and 181 graduates of the program.

Current IIIATF Administrator John Stahl, who graduated from the course’s first class, addressed attendees as well. “The IIIATF is doing what we can to give Local Union JATCs the tools for teaching our members,” said Stahl, who then went on to express his appreciation for the participating instructors and students and the value that everyone can gain from the virtual training.

The online curriculum for the program spanned from June through August and afforded the attendees the ability to join sessions focusing on leadership, conflict resolution and effective speaking.

2021 IIIATF Trainer Enhancement

The IIIATF thanks the trainers who taught and aided our instructors during the virtual Trainer Enhancement Program: Elise Bryant, Tina Davis, Greg Giebel, Sam Kirkland, Ken Kroeger, Sarah Levesque, Local 17 Training Coordinator Bob McGuckin, Local 2 Instructor Tom Mulholland, Lynn Marie Smith and Skip Turner.

Thank you to the following Trainer Enhancement students and graduates who attended the orientation and welcome Trainer Enhancement session in June: Jonathan Blaine, William Hamman, Billy Hodges, and Darrell Reddick from Local 16; Nick Feipel, Kellon Fisk, Ben Frank, Jennifer Frank and Todd Javorski from Local 17; Kimberly Patrick, David Price, William Putnam and Robert Swords from Local 18; John Behm and N. Scott Yoh from Local 38; Robert F. Knickerbacker from Local 39; Robert Sheck from Local 118; and Bernard Alvarez from Local 132.

Thank you to the following Trainer Enhancement students and graduates who attended the Leadership Trainer Enhancement session in July: Ryan Duessel from Local 2, Daniel Ruiz from Local 5, Jonathan Blaine, William Hamman, Miguel Navarro, Joshua Pereira, Darrell Reddick and Anthony Viscuso from Local 16, Kellon Fisk, Jennifer Frank and Ben Frank from Local 17, Kimberly Patrick from Local 18, Eliseo Aleman from Local 19, John Fritz from Local 23, Ryan Harshner from Local 27, Jeremy Archuleta from Local 28, Jonathan Schutz from Local 38, Robert Knickerbocker from Local 39, Ryan Bordelon, Maximus A. Perdomo and Carl Wilson from Local 53, Jacob Stanley from Local 75, Justin Walker from Local 78, Daniel Annett and Philippe Poirier from Local 110 and Alyre Malley from Local 116.

Thank you to the following Trainer Enhancement students and graduates who attended the Conflict Resolution Trainer Enhancement session in August: Ryan Duessel from Local 2, Jonathan Blaine, William Hamman, Miguel Navarro, Joshua Pereira, Darrell Reddick and Anthony Viscuso from Local 16, Jennifer and Ben Frank from Local 17, Kimberly Patrick from Local 18, Eliseo Aleman from Local 19, John Fritz from Local 23, Ryan Harshner from Local 27, Jeremy Archuleta from Local 28, John Behm from Local 38, Robert Knickerbocker from Local 39, Carl Wilson and Ryan Bordelon from Local 53, Jacob Stanley from Local 75, Daniel Annett and Philippe Poirier from Local 110, Alyre Malley from Local 116 and Bernard Alvarez 132.

Thank you to the following Trainer Enhancement students and graduates who attended the Effective Speaking Part 1 and 2 Trainer Enhancement sessions in August: Carl Cassidy, Courtney Daffern, Joseph Seiler, Eric Harbaugh and Ryan Duessel from Local 2, Jonathan Blaine, William Hamman and Miguel Navarro from Local 16, Eliseo Aleman from Local 19, John Behm from Local 38, Carl Wilson and Ryan Bordelon from Local 53, Daniel Annett and Philippe Poirier from Local 110 and Bernard Alvarez from Local 132.

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