b'Industry NewsSheet Metal Apprentices GraduateState Senator Matt Huffman to Journeyman Speaks To LAMCA Membership The Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship ProgramState Senator Matt Huffman spoke to the Lima Area recognized the advancement of the Fifth Year ClassMechanical Contractors Association (LAMCA) at their to Journeyman status at graduation ceremoniesheldJuly 30 Membership Meeting. on September 26th.Senator Huffman relayed to the group that he These apprentices completed over 1000 hours ofappreciates the input he gets from the Mechanical classroom instruction along with 9000 hours of on theContractors Association of Ohio (MCAO) on various job training (OJT). In addition, they had to obtainissues and discussions he has had with LAMCA quarterly positive evaluation reports from their Members such as Sam Halker and Jeff Eley. immediate supervisors throughout the full five years. The Senator commented that he was familiar with the They each received a Journeyman Certificate fromPrivate Prompt Pay Bill (HB380) that MCAO hasthe Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training Depart- promoted.He has had in depth experience with the ment of Labor and the State of Ohio Apprenticeshipissue of prompt pay in the medical services industry.Council. They also received two years of collegeHe noted that he was supportive of the bill.Hecredit from Owens Technical College. suggested that MCAO should look to getting a companion bill introduced in the Senate, and that he Eugene Frazier, Program Coordinator, remindedwould be helpful in getting that accomplished. these graduates that the qualifications and skills they now posses gives them all of the tools they need toSenator Huffman was asked about him becoming have an unlimited and fulfilling career in the industry. President of the Senate.He cautioned everyone thatthat has not happened yet, but that if it did happen, Class of 2020 Journeyman:one of his primary goals would be to bring a solution Jared D. BakerDevon M. Leggeto the State school funding issue.He expressed that Kyle D. BanksChris A. Millsthe problem has not been truly dealt with for years Brian J. BrownQuintin D. Piattand that now is the time, especially with the apparent Trevor M. ButtsDerek T. Sandsapproval of Representative Bob Cupp as House Cole M. ChaneyGabriel SernaSpeaker.He and Bob have worked together many Christopher R. DonatelliGarrett L. Stewartyears and Representative Cupp is an authority on school funding. So now may be the time to fix the Timothy M. GreenChad M. Thomasproblem.Also, in attendance at the meeting were John White, MCAO Secretary and MCAO Trustee for Toledo; Brad Wendel, UA Local No. 776 Business Manager; and Howard Krisher, MCAO Trustee for Dayton. Picture Caption: Senator Huffman in the center, with LAMCA Members recognizing the importance of social dis-tancing. Page 16CONSTRUCTION JOURNAL'