On Saturday, January 5, GCI and ABC MA held our annual Local Craft Championship Competition at Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover, MA. Participants competed against their peers for a chance to compete in the 2019 ABC National Craft Championships in Long Beach, California on March 24-28. This year, participants in electrical, pipefitting and welding crafts were represented. All the contestants worked hard and gave it their all.
Congratulations to our winners!
2019 Online STEP Application
Applications available beginning January 15, 2019
and are due by March 10, 2019
NO STEP APPLICATION BOOKS WILL BE MAILED
Awards will be presented at the
May 16, 2019
GCI/ABC Safety & Education Dinner Meeting
Gould Construction Institute (GCI) classes started Sept 10th and are now open in all of our eight locations, including two new locations this year in Chatham and Westfield. We have 27 returning and 14 new teachers to instruct over 900 students. This is a GCI milestone.
We would like to welcome new instructors Chris Benda, Adam Carey, Ed Cote, Shawn Davis, Robert DeSario, Mark Elsner, Bob Ernst, Scott Glista, Gary Martineau and Robert Nee. We also welcome our subs, who are now taking on classes or returning from a hiatus. They are Paul Asselin, Dave Crevier, Leland Daughtry and Dan McCauley.
WE STILL NEED MORE INSTRUCTORS!
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If interested or have any questions, please contact Julie Kelliher at email@example.com or 781.270.9990.
The Gould Construction Institute is pleased to announce that Allison Jackson has been hired as the organization’s new Training and Marketing Coordinator.
Allison graduated from Southern New Hampshire University after earning a bachelors degree in business studies with a concentration in marketing.
Allison has a strong background in marketing and event planning after working for several years for Greater Media, Inc. at Magic 106.7 and HOT 96.9. She then moved on to work for a school for children with autism and developmental disabilities as the Marketing and Events Assistant.
Allison is most excited to learn as much as she can about the organization and is looking forward to meeting and working with everyone at ABC MA and Gould Construction Institute.
Gould Construction Institute and Penn Foster Partner to Offer On-Demand Career/Skills Development Courses for the Construction Trade
WOBURN, Mass. and SCRANTON, Pa., March 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gould Construction Institute (GCI), the training affiliate of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Massachusetts, today announced it has partnered with Penn Foster, a leading middle skilled education and skills training provider, to make an array of construction courses available to those interested in pursuing a career in construction. The courses, all available online, provide individuals interested in the construction trade and current construction trade professionals with a convenient and affordable means to gain the knowledge and skills to be successful in the construction field or to advance their construction career.
The new Penn Foster courses, available now through GCI, are designed to efficiently and effectively present the foundational pieces required to be successful in the construction field, and include Introduction to Construction; Blueprint Reading; Basic Math; and Business Literacy. In addition, GCI is offering Penn Foster’s Career Readiness Bootcamp, a 10-module course that helps employees in any career learn the “soft skills” that employers most request of new employees, including communication, decision-making/problem solving, leadership and integrity.
On December 9, 2018, GCI and ABC/MA held our annual local Craft Championship competition at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury, MA.
Participants competed against their peers for a chance to compete in the 2018 ABC National Craft Championships in Long Beach, California, March 18-22, 2018.
This year, participants in electrical, pipefitting and welding crafts were represented. All the contestants worked hard and gave it their all.
The local competition consisted of written and performance exams. In determining a final score, the written exam accounted for 25% and the performance portion comprised 75%.
Congratulations to this year’s winners! On behalf of GCI and ABC/MA, we wish our competitors much luck and success at the national competition.
We would like to thank the judges and the volunteers that braved the morning snow storm and spent the day helping us make this year’s event a big success!
The start of a new school year brings many rewarding challenges and this year was no different for GCI. They welcomed over 700 students spread across our seven locations! Enrollment in GCI's Sheet Metal, Pipefitting, Plumbing and Electrical classes increased and so the need to add additional classes and hire new instructors became a priority before the start of the year. What a great problem to have!
GCI would like to welcome new instructor Jeffrey Canney, Electrical 3 Instructor and Haggeo Esturban-Ovalle, Electrical 2 Instructor at Greater Lawrence Technical School and Robert Tobiasz, Plumbing Tier 1 Instructor at Holyoke Community College. They would also like to welcome back Dan Silvia, Sheet Metal 3 Instructor at Tri-County Regional Technical High School, Dave Tremblay, Electrical 2 at Springfield Technical Community College and Gerry Dupris, Electrical 1 Instructor at Greater Lawrence Technical School who all were previously GCI instructors and have now come back to join the team again. Here's to a great school year!
Last Thursday, ABC MA and the Gould Construction Institute honored this year’s Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (S.T.E.P.) award recipients at the 13th annual ABC/GCI Safety & Education Dinner held at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA.
The Safety & Education Dinner is ABC/GCI’s premier event, celebrating our member companies’ commitment to worker safety and training, the talented instructors dedicated to educating the next generation of industry leaders, and the students working long hours during the day and attending classes at night to improve their knowledge and skills. “This is a night to recognize our students and their employers who continue to raise the standards of safety, training, and education in the construction industry,” commented GCI President Barbara Lagergren.
The S.T.E.P. Awards were the highlight of the evening. This year, a record 60 ABC member companies were recognized for having an outstanding commitment to jobsite safety. “By drawing attention to the importance of jobsite safety we make sure that it is not taken for granted,” Lagergren said. “The bottom line is that we are nothing without safe, healthy workers.”
ABC MA is proud to support Safety Week 2017, aimed at collectively raising the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminate worker injury and to clearly communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern and the belief that every week must be Safety Week. ABC MA's member companies are truly committed to ensuring a safe environment for their workforce and we support this commitment through the Gould Construction Institutes continued safety, education and training; ABC's Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) is a safety benchmarking and improvement tool that dramatically improves safety performance among construction industry participants regardless of company size or type of work; And ABC is an active member of the Construction Coalition for a Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace.
For a contractor, there is nothing more important than jobsite safety.
GCI and ABC will be hosting our annual Safety & Education Night on May 18th in recognition and celebration of those member companies with exceptional safety records.
Click here to learn more about Safety Week 2017
U.S. Department of Labor Press Release Issued April 6, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.
The agency has determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard. Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017.
OSHA expects employers in the construction industry to continue to take steps either to come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit, or to implement specific dust controls for certain operations as provided in Table 1 of the standard. Construction employers should also continue to prepare to implement the standard’s other requirements, including exposure assessment, medical surveillance and employee training.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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