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First Achieve Green Cohort graduates from Rising Stars Program

First Achieve Green Cohort graduates from Rising Stars Program

BEACHWOOD, OHIO — The first cohort of students recently graduated from Achieve Green, a Rising Stars program supported by which creates avenues for young people to gain the skills and perspective needed to pursue a career within various green construction fields.

The cohort students followed the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Apprenticeship Pathway. Having met the requirements of the IUPAT District Council 35 Boston and the Finishing Trades Institution of New England (FTI) pre-apprenticeship program, graduates Raymondo Antoine, Chris Lewis Coppin, John Herrera, Jonathan Montiero and Mhesaih Thompson are now eligible to complete the final steps toward becoming apprentice glaziers.

The Rising Stars Program aims to cultivate a strong, well-rounded workforce in the construction industry through supporting youth in vocational programs, as well as minority- and women-owned businesses, states a release.

The programs offer hands-on education with subject matter experts to develop diverse skillsets, increase access to resources, and ultimately drive success for those emerging in the industry.

Achieve Green is a Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Workforce Equity Grant program that provides two pathways for Boston Public School seniors to explore potential careers in the construction trade: the IUPAT Apprenticeship Pathway, which provides training for glaziers, weatherization techs and turbine blade repair; and the Energy Assessor/Auditor Pathway, a partnership with identified Boston Community Colleges and the Northeast Home Energy Rating System Alliance.

“There is a critical need across our nation for skilled workers in the construction industry,” stated Tremco CPG Rising Stars Program Director David Hutchinson, in a statement. “Tremco CPG’s Rising Stars Program was developed in response to this issue and is proud to work with affiliate programs across the nation, including Achieve Green, to provide a viable pathway for young adults interested in learning a skilled trade.”

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