U.S. Rep. Braley Visits Local 3 Iowa’s Training Center
From left, standing, Rep. Bruce Braley, Local 3 Apprenticeship Coordinator Chris Busch, President Jeffrey Smith, pre-apprentices Josh Betts, Josh Stockbauer, Freddy Bacon, and Gaspar Medina. Kneeling, from left, Business Agent Ray Lemke, pre-apprentices Casey Gilmore, Owen Boge, and Danny Tofolla.
On April 10th, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) toured Local 3 Iowa’s training facility in Marshalltown where he talked with Local 3 members and apprentices about expanding non-traditional educational opportunities.
Braley said Congress is not doing enough to equip workers with market-able skills.
Local 3 President Jeffery Smith agreed. “A lot of emphasis is placed on college education while many non-traditional educational opportunities like apprenticeship training programs are largely ignored,” he said. “It’s our responsibility to offer our new members the best training programs to build life-long careers.”