IAM CREST Promotes Apprenticeships at American Indian Expo

IAM CREST reached out to members of the Baltimore, MD American Indian community last week to provide information on the benefits of apprenticeships at the Baltimore American Indian Center’s (BAIC) S.T.E.A.M. Expo held by the Patriots Technology Training Center.

IAM CREST Outreach Coordinator Arnett Powell and Project Coordinator Michael Oathout talked with visitors—young and old—about the IAM, CREST and the community outreach conducted by the Council for First Inhabitants Rights and Equality (Council FIRE) on behalf of the Native American community.

“I would like to thank the Patriots Technology Training Center for inviting the Machinists to participate,” said IAM Safety and Health Director Jim Reid. “We appreciate the opportunity to come out and talk to people about our union and the advantages of apprenticeships.”

Visitors learned about the many benefits of apprenticeships, the role unions play in manufacturing apprenticeship opportunities and the many industries that offer them.

“It’s great to inform people about apprenticeships and what they have to offer,” said Powell. “Today, a high school student learned that she has more non-traditional career choices than the status quo, and a mother of two learned that her daughters could land a solid career with little to no debt.”

Patriots Technology Training Center (PTTC) empowers students through technology by engaging them in activities involving the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) sciences. The BAIC Native S.T.E.A.M. Expo was held at the Community College of Baltimore.